If I hadn’t ignored the problem, I wouldn’t have so many gophers in our lawn. But, when the first dirt mounds appeared, I had other things to think about. So, instead of getting the gophers out of the lawn right away, I gave them time to populate my yard. Stupid. Just stupid. And, now I need help. I can’t afford gophers in my lawn, or my garden, or anywhere else on my property, especially since I’ve spent so much time making it beautiful.
I was starting up a new garden, so every moment that I got to spend outside was dedicated to my garden. I plotted out a huge area, then I had to spend back-breaking hours de-sodding the area. We’re not well-off, and I couldn’t afford the big fancy diesel machines that looked so promising and shiny at the garden stores I frequented. I settled for the hand-me-down tools I got from my father and father-in-law, borrowed some tools from a neighbor as needed, but mostly, everything I did was done the old-fashioned way. Hauling the grass away was done by cutting the vegetation up with a shovel, and then rolling it up as best I could, using the shovel as leverage. I hauled the heavy grass away by hand.
Then, it was time to churn up the dirt, preparing it for planting. I used the old hoe that sat in our garage, unused since we moved in, and went to work. My shoulders and arms ached every single night, but my garden plot was starting to look like a lumpy brown opportunity. I dreamed of walking up and down the rows in my back yard, pulling a weed or two, deciding whether I should pick this vegetable or let it grow just a little longer. My wife wouldn’t have to go to the grocery store or the farmers market for our vegetables, since we’d just pull it straight out of our own garden.
As I worked, and dreamed, and ached, I had decided to ignore the ugly mounds of dirt, and holes, that appeared in the other areas of our property. I had other things to worry about, like which seeds I was going to buy, and exactly where everything would get planted. Do I plant the potatoes next to the cabbage? Should I devote a portion of the garden to herbs?
One morning, I woke up and noticed a couple of holes in my newly planted garden. We had gophers in the lawn, and now we had gophers in the garden. All my hard work, all the sweat, all the money I’d devoted to this small plot of land, would be for nothing. I contacted Allstate Animal Control right away to get the gophers out of the lawn as fast as possible. Why had I ever allowed them to breed and tunnel, and enjoy the fruits of my labor? No more! I was getting a professional out to my property right away to get remove the gophers from my lawn so I could go back to my part-time job as home farmer.