gopher-proofing with wire mesh
Question for the group regarding the use of hardware cloth to keep out gophers:
My boss bought some half inch hardware cloth for me to use around the rootballs of several trees when I'm planting them, to keep out the gophers. Usually in the past, I've used one inch chicken wire, which is a much thinner gauge wire as well as having holes twice as big. The trees I'm to plant include cherimoya, apricot and fig, all of which, I think, have big roots. My concern is that the half inch hardware cloth will girdle the roots as they start to extend into the surrounding soil. Am I correct, or will the hardware cloth be OK to use for big-rooted trees in order to keep the gophers away from the young trees?