Similarly, you may ask, can a Gopher kill a tree?
Gophers chew off roots and can chew off bark all the way around the trunk at the crown right down to the wood. Gophers can damage any age tree. The easiest trees for a gopher to kill are first through fourth leaf trees because they can girdle them quickly.
Hereof, how do you protect tree roots from gophers?
Cut the wire mesh to size:
- Just bend the wire cloth to the diameter you want for your tree roots and cut from the rest of the roll.
- The bigger diameter, the more of the roots you will protect, but the bigger the hole will have to be.
- You can use wire cutters or metal cutting scissors to cut the wire hard wire cloth.
Gophers feed on the roots and underground stems of grass, flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees. Carrot sticks, celery sticks, apples, and peanut butter are all highly attractive to gophers. The advantage of peanut butter is that it is easy to apply to the vertical bait pan of the snap type trap.