I first employed the local cats. Then set Dexter on the fresh tunnels. Then traps. Then smoke bombs. And more than a few years ago, removed the grass and what little was left of the former rose garden. Planting some gopher-unfriendly plants (sour-root systems), the gophers mostly stayed within my neighbors confines on either side.
But they would tunnel from the edge of our two properties. My last contribution was a little tarry substance poured into the fresh tunnels. But my neighbor decided upon a drastic course. This might get rid of the gophers!
Not really. I have given approval to my neighbor of 16 years to dig out a rectangle that borders our properties for a driveway. But the reality of seeing the huge mound of dirt and the exposed stump of a palm tree where everything had been undisturbed that morning was amazing. Glad I moved those rocks.
Sunday afternoon , with the pending construction as a motivator, I completely moved the last few wheelbarrows of small stones in the spot now buried by dirt. And I recorded that upper body workout as part of my exercise routine. Wheelbarrow and shovels: catchy name?
It was a dirty job, even without Mike Rowe televising it.