Here is an eco-friendly and humane way to reduce the ground rodents like gophers from your sensitive gardening areas. If you have healthy cats (rodent predators) and a litter box or other source of feces, spoon the litter with feces and urine (about a half a cup) down the open gopher holes and add enough water to be sure it reaches the lower levels of the tunnels.
You can open closed holes with a tool. You don't want to waste water or to have it go into your ground water if you are on a well or close to a water source. Be sure you use eco-friendly litter with no chemicals or perfumes.
This does not kill the rodents but they will move away from that section of your yard. Do not use feces in your food garden, only lawn/yard and flower beds. Ground rodents are natural tillers of the soil so they do have a positive side for some gardeners and certainly for the earth. Maybe they can be herded into the areas that you want tilled!
By Lin from Atascadero, CA
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