Gopher mounds in a bermuda lawnWith the bermudagrass turf turning brown and dormant, Tulsa turf has been invaded by what looks like little mini-volcanoes a dirt pilled up in the lawn. Those are actually casused by gophers in most cases, as they remove the dirt from digging down into their tunnels and deposit it on the lawn surface. It seems that they are everywhere, as gophers are very active in the fall. They reproduce like crazy, and in the city they have few predators to keep the population in check. And, since the turf is not growing and being mowed down weekly, the little dirt piles accumulate from week to week, casuing an unsighly appearance to the lawn.
Hello World!Various methods of controlling the gophers are often inconsistent at best. Poison peanuts don't work. Gophers are herbivores, which mean they eat plant material, which the peanuts mimic. The castor oil products which repell the critters due to the smell they don't like may work temporarilly, but they'll be right back in a few weeks. The most effective way to control them is to trap them, which if one is very persistant, can work. We have two professional trappers we recommend, who we believe do a great job of trapping gophers and moles. Here is their contact information for you to call them directly to answer questions you may have or to set up their service.
Now if you have moles, which are similar to gophers but smaller, they can trap those also. We also have a mole control progam at LawnAmerica, which has shown some success. For severe infestations however, trapping is still your best bet.