Extreme Gopher Protection

Suzi AKA DesertDanceApril 5, 2013

Our new property is ridden with gophers and voles.

We have an entire vineyard to plant, and many other fruit trees.

Procedure is to dig the hole. Fill with water to check for intrusion into gopher tunnels. Plug any tunnel with huge rocks. Insert gopher basket into hole with 6" above ground. Put plant into basket and add soil and vitamin B1/water. Make sure drip system works and circulates around plant.

Voles/Rabbits: Make 24" high tube of gopher wire and put around basket to prevent voles or rabbits from eating tender new tree trunk and leaves.

What you see is a fig tree beginning it's life on a steep slope, well protected from pests. The two dominating Mexican Fan palms won't intimidate the probing roots of the fig! Climate is what the fig craves! It will be watered long and spaced to send it's roots deep.


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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

east coaster use a similar system for voles in their hosta beds .. but use the much heavier hardware cloth ... it last longer than chicken wire ... see link


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:11PM
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I recommend a heavier grade hardware cloth 1/2 inch or maybe the 1 inch, the chicken wire will not be sturdy enough over time

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 5:41AM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance

Thanks! We'll get some of that hardware cloth.

Much appreciated!


    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 10:46AM
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