Gophers spend most of their time underground in tunnels, so it can be hard to tell if you have them in your lawn. Holes and mounds are the only indication of their presence. In this video, we will show you the key things to look for when trying to find gophers.
Gophers spend most of their time underground in tunnels, so it can be hard to tell if you have them in your lawn. Holes and mounds are the only indication of their presence.
Gopher mounds are fan or kidney shaped, instead of round like mole hills. They can be up to a foot tall and a foot to two feet in diameter. They will also not have surface tunnels. Instead, they have lateral tunnels that are plugged with soil to keep intruders out. Tunnels can be a couple inches to several feet under the turf.
Using a small probe, like a tent pole, locate a raised mound. Move a couple of inches out from the dirt, and probe the ground. Keep probing around the area until you do not have resistance. If there is no resistance, you have located the tunnel.
Gophers feed mainly on underground plant structures, like roots, which could end up killing the turf. They can damage plants and also eat through utility cables or irrigation tubes. They sometimes eat plants above ground, especially in the spring.
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