Moles vs Gophers: What's In Your Yard?
You may be thinking that you're about to get an epic article about which of these two animals would win in a fight, but let's face it, those moles wouldn't really have a chance. Your average gopher is bigger, stockier and--what was the other thing? Oh yeah, not blind. If these two creatures were to face down in a MMA fight, the mole wouldn't know what hit it. So, rather than bore you with that, we're going to give you some fun facts about these two yard pests, and a few tips on how to decrease their impact in your yard.
In the United States we have more than 100 different species of rodent; the humble gopher is one of them. This little bugger is built to chew, and chew it will, right through garden vegetables, flower stems, and ornamentals. It is this trait that makes the gopher the type of pest that can drive Bill Murray, a normally mild-mannered man, to blow up an entire golf course, or drive off a cliff. If you have trees, shrubs, grass or plants that you'd like to keep healthy, gophers can make that a difficult task. Here are a few prevention tips that will help:
Put a fence around your garden or plant beds to keep gophers out. Make sure your fencing goes down a foot under the surface because gophers are tunnelers.
If you have lots of gopher trouble, consider making raised beds for your garden or plant beds.
Putting coarse gravel around your gardens or plant beds can also work as a barrier to keeping gophers out.