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Problem Solving & Special Needs
Keeping Gophers & Moles away from Landscape
When you buy lots of landscape plants, the last thing you want
is for gophers or moles to eat the tender roots of your new purchase. Yet that's
exactly what they'll do if you don't plan ahead.
There are a
couple of ways of deterring them -- both will take a little time and planning,
but it'll be worth it in the long run.
Dig your hole as normal,
saving all the rocks you recover as you do so. Instead of tossing them to the
side and putting your plants directly into the hole, line the entire hole with
good sized rocks. I know that's contrary to what you've been told, but believe
me, you'd rather slow down your first year's growth of your plants than lose
them all together. And your plants' roots WILL work their way around the rocks
as they mature, but the rocks will protect the main root ball from these little
The second option is to line the hole with chicken wire
and then plant. The chicken wire will accomplish the same thing... keeping the
gophers away from the main root ball.
Don't forget, cats are
working livestock in the country. They'll help keep these kind of pests away and
their populations down.
Lastly, and this one's a bit gruesome,
break old glass or wine bottles and line the holes with the broken glass. I'm
not sure whether it's an old wives tale or true (anybody know... please
send me a note) but I've heard that these creatures blood doesn't coagulate
and if they cut themselves they'll bleed to death.
Foiled When Tomato Plants Summon Parasitic Wasps
of Turfgrass Pests
Images and the Crops, Plants and Animals they Affect
INSECTS that kill pests!
& Keeping Creatures That Kill Pests
Repel Pests - list from Carlsbad Municipal Water District
Pests Organically - tips from the Gardener's Supply Company.
Attracting & Keeping Creatures
That Kill Pests
& Slugs - Pest Notes - tips from UC Davis
Problem Diagnosis for Vegetables - table of information from UC
Davis that lists the most common diseases, insect pests, and cultural
problems in California vegetable gardens (uses Adobe Acrobat).
Texas A & M
Insect Sites List - a list of sites providing lesson plans and
insect information for grades K-12 students and teachers.
for Beginners - provides information about the insect body and other
UC Integrated Pest Management
- provides more advanced information on pest management and identification
of plant diseases, insects, mites, nematodes, and weeds along with other
For images of harmful insects and good insects click
here (this takes a while to download, so be patient)
Dealing With Wildlife
- Pest Notes - tips from UC Davis
Gopher - Pest Notes - tips from UC Davis
Efficient Landscaping Ideas
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