Recognizing that holes have been completely chewed into your plants since you last looked at them is quite a nasty surprise. Many of these holes which may have wrecked your plants are from pests. Sometimes the destruction may have been carried out by gophers, but the usual rascals are birds, worms and slugs, closely followed by snails and caterpillars.
Although you will not have a completely pest-free garden, you can largely preserve the results of your labors by taking appropriate action. Insects are a challenge as they can hide out under the soil, in weeds or piles of leaves. Your first line of attack must be to eliminate their hiding places as much as possible. Get rid of the weeds, the old leaves, and any decaying matter that the insects want to live in. It is best to turn the soil on a frequent basis, taking care to break up the clods. By doing this subterranean insect hideouts will likely be minimized.
To help keep the diseases and harmful insects at bay, you should also use dormant spray. You apply the spray once the plants are dormant, near February/March. The dormant spray won't be effective until the instructions are carefully followed. You could possibly see your entire garden die as a result of careless use of the spray. Some insects are good for your garden, and you don't want to get rid of them. Then there are some of those winged invaders, the birds. A bird feeder could be an effective substitute for the futile exercise of trying to scare them away. Birds ordinarily choose a bird seed blend, which you can place in a feeder, and so doing you'll save your garden from pecking damage. Not simply will a feeder look good, but it is likewise cheaper over time.
Having a dog may help, and yet only up to a point. Frequently gophers can be a garden owner's headache. The indicators that they can indeed be around are dying plants and little hills of soil. Gophers can be tiny creatures, but their particular nuisance-ability is huge. Most of these small-tailed fellows can be white, but most often brown or black, and vary in length from 5 to 14 inches. Putting traps is a sure way to try to do away with them. You should get good results by accurately positioning the traps in their tunnels. Smoke bombs set off nearby the tunnel entrance and spreading throughout the tunnels will hopefully get the gophers.
To keep your garden in good shape, you will need to get rid of all of your pests as soon as possible. They will grow to be entrenched if they are not destroyed immediately. The value of your house is improved by a robust, well looked after garden.