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Landscaping & Irrigation
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Problem Solving & Special Needs

Keeping Gophers & Moles away from Landscape Plant Roots

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 critters.

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.

Insect Control

Caterpillars Foiled When Tomato Plants Summon Parasitic Wasps

Management of Turfgrass Pests

Insect Images and the Crops, Plants and Animals they Affect

BUY INSECTS that kill pests!

Attracting & Keeping Creatures That Kill Pests 

Plants That Repel Pests - list from Carlsbad Municipal Water District

Controlling Pests Organically
- tips from the Gardener's Supply Company. 

Attracting & Keeping Creatures That Kill Pests 

Snails & Slugs - Pest Notes - tips from UC Davis

General 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.

Entomology for Beginners - provides information about the insect body and other basic entomology.

UC Integrated Pest Management - provides more advanced information on pest management and identification of plant diseases, insects, mites, nematodes, and weeds along with other resources.

For images of harmful insects and good insects click here (this takes a while to download, so be patient)


Dealing With Wildlife


Rabbits - Pest Notes - tips from UC Davis 

Pocket Gopher - Pest Notes - tips from UC Davis 


Energy Efficient Landscaping Ideas

Sacramento Shade



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