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Gophers Damaging Your Plants

Initially when planting trees and vegetables, I did not realize that there is a huge problem of Gophers in my area. 

Many of the trees that I planted were completely destroyed as the Gophers ate their roots without any visible signs on top.

To prevent this from happening, I started to make a galvanized steel mesh cage, bury it in the ground, and plant the tree in it. This resolved the problem and the trees are doing well.

Still have issues with squirrels though.


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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,620
    Gophers are not a problem in the UK where most members of this forum garden, nor here in France where I and a few others have our gardens.
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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,162
    Nope,no gophers here.

    Though it’s sometimes pleasant to find a gofer.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,655
    Does make it interesting, finding out what others have to deal with. They sound a bit like furry vine weevils, causing damage underground with no obvious problem on the top.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,557
    pansyface said:
    Nope,no gophers here.

    Though it’s sometimes pleasant to find a gofer.
    Some parts of the UK have problems with invasive golfers damaging habitats.
    A great library has something in it to offend everybody.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,162
    edited February 2020
    Ah the golfers and their divots.

    Although, when I was young, a divot was another word for an idiot. “Ya div!”

    Possibly derived from the same idea as a clod. 
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,618
    Which reminds me of a favourite headstone, no doubt put up by a wife pleased to be shot of him: ‘Beneath this sod lies another.’
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,162

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,655
    @kaatlomini, l see from your other thread that you are based in the USA (obvious really with the gophers !).
    I hope you aren't put off by the wacky British sense of humour  :)
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404
    BenCotto said:
    Which reminds me of a favourite headstone, no doubt put up by a wife pleased to be shot of him: ‘Beneath this sod lies another.’
     :D 

    @pansyface- we have a variation on that [although div was also used] which is dawber.
    I'll leave you to look it up - Scottish slang  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • AnniD said:
    @kaatlomini, l see from your other thread that you are based in the USA (obvious really with the gophers !).
    I hope you aren't put off by the wacky British sense of humour  :)

    Quite used to the British sense of humor. 
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