No matter what part of the country you live in, you’re likely to encounter a rodent or some other kind of pesky critter while gardening. Or, even worse yet, you’ll head outside on a warm summer day, only to find that your entire garden has been ransacked by a hungry rabbit or that your plants have been uprooted during a mole’s midnight heyday. It’s an unfortunate fact that many of the pesky critters that wreak havoc on our yards are adorable, hungry and mean no harm, so we often find ourselves walking the fine line between cruel and acceptable methods of pest control.

The good thing is, however, that no matter where you live, Western Planting Solutions’ gopher baskets are an effective and harmless method of keeping those pesky critters away from your garden. Don’t believe us? Here’s your guide to the most problematic rodents and pests found in each region of the U.S. and how our gopher baskets with rodent mesh can keep them at bay.

The West Coast


Homeowners along the West Coast are prone to experiencing problems with moles — especially those who live in the Pacific Northwest. Moles are known for their tendency to dig long winding tunnels under grass lawns, creating bulges or mole hills and destroying everything in their way. While many people believe this is because they either eat plant roots or are blind, most plant root destruction is an unfortunate result of this furry critter looking for earthworms and other chewy insects to munch on.

One of the most common species of moles in the U.S., the shrew mole, is a frequent sight along the West Coast and can be identified by its tiny four-inch body and small paws, unlike other mole species that are rather large and have the iconic wide paws and large nails. This species of mole spends a great deal of time above ground and doesn’t form tunnels nearly as large as other mole species do, but don’t be fooled. Shrew Moles’ surface digging can still cause a great deal of damage to your garden, as they rifle through fallen leaves and ground-level plants in search of food.


Recently, a large, 20-pound rodent called the nutria has taken over swampy parts of the West Coast, and is classified as a dangerous invasive species due to its insatiable appetite and destructive burrowing techniques. A mole on steroids, except for the fact that it is almost entirely herbivorous, this giant rodent has been known to pave its way through California gardens in search of delicious fruits and veggies. Like most rodents, the nutria reproduces in large quantities at a fast rate, and has been populating the West Coast with insatiable babies.

Whether your yard is full of mole hills, ground surface bulges or the remains of a thrashed garden, Western Planting Solutions is here to help you. Give us a call or order one of our gopher baskets online today and start reclaiming your garden. And, if you live in other parts of the country and have rodents taking over your yard, stay tuned for our next blog posts that cover the Midwest, the South and the Northeast.