how deep will gophers go?

bluemill(zone8,9,10 ca.)December 24, 2004

making small orchard and vineyard area. have lots of gophers. do not want to kill. already use hardware cloth under raised beds. want to put perimeter around new areas. know how deep i should bury hardware perimeter?

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bahia(SF Bay Area)

30 inches deep wasn't enough to keep them out of a garden I put in here in California, but I would think that it really depends on the nature of your soils and underlying rock/hardpan conditions. This was a clay loam soil with no underlying impediment to the gophers going as deep as they wanted...

    Bookmark   December 24, 2004 at 8:46PM
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toyon(USDA 9b/Sunset 14 CA. (Sacram)

I quit digging at 5 feet once. It looked as if the hole was at least several feet deeper.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2004 at 8:05AM
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bluemill(zone8,9,10 ca.)

thank you for letting me know your experience. i was hoping that 4' hardware cloth would do it. making rootball baskets and allowing the gophers to eat what roots they can get at is not what i wanted for the best trees possible. i donbt like to kill either. maybe trap and relocate will do the job.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2004 at 10:00AM
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bluestarrgallery(zone 7 GA)

A nesting pair of barn owls are supposed to eat up to 1200 rodents in a single season. Try putting up a nesting box - owl size. I make aviary wire baskets for everything I plant and for raised beds I line the bottom of the bed with the wire. The gophers probably eat some of the roots that go beyond the wire but at least they don't kill the whole plant and the wire baskets give the plants a chance to get established.

Gophers can dig at least six feet down and that is usually where their nest is.


    Bookmark   December 30, 2004 at 2:06AM
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