Gopher protection for roses?
Dear rose friends,
I believe I have trapped all of the gophers that were ravaging my back garden, where I intend to plant Munstead Wood and Carding Mill. I have collapsed the tunnels I can find.
They will be back.
I have an idea: Cut large plastic trash barrels in half and remove the bottoms. They are over two feet in diameter. I will dig a huge round hole, two feet deep, slide in the trash can with no bottom, line the bottom with 1/4 inch hardware cloth coming up the sides of the barrel a little, and plant the roses inside.
Do you think this is enough space for the roots of a fully-grown rose? Should I make the hole wider or deeper and use a different material? Would you use native soil (soil here is PERFECT- not clay) or would you mix in some cactus mix and potting soil to give it better drainage?
Any other suggestions appreciated.