We have a massive slope in our backyard; a slope that has been really tough to maintain over the years. Because it's so large, doing any formal landscaping is way too costly so weeds have been the ground covering of choice. About a year ago I finally broke down and had a company come in and hydro-seed it with some 'elephant grass'. It actually looks okay, but now I've got a new problem: Gophers! I've got three massive gopher holes and have seen as many as three of the little critters at one time digging, tearing up the grass and making themselves way too much at home.
If any of my Southern California Junior High girls were to read this next part, they'd break down in tears: I borrowed my friend's BB gun and have been having the time of my life trying to shoot the little guys. Unfortunately I'm a terrible shot and have had no luck. I'm about to go to Home Depot to buy some traps (why is it that using a BB gun sounds so harsh, but breaking their neck in a trap is perceived as humane?). Before I do, I thought I'd toss it out to anybody reading this to see if you have any other tried and true method of getting rid of gophers. If the traps don't work, I'll rent the original Caddyshack to get some tips from Bill Murray.