Fall is the time to plant daffodil bulbs. Aside from being beautiful and cheerful in the yard, daffodils might be a good gopher repellent. Awhile back, I read in a gardening book that gophers don’t like daffodils, so if you want to keep gophers out of a section of your yard, all you have to do is plant a thick barrier of daffodils on the perimeter of the area and the gophers won’t go through them to get to the delicious plants on the other side.
Will this work? I’m not sure. I’ve heard that gophers are repelled by lots of things and been proven wrong. For example, I read that they are repelled by leeks and onions, a thing I cheerfully believed until a gopher got in my garden and started chomping on my leek crop. But daffodils are poisonous, so it is unlikely they would eat them. Does that mean, however, that they wouldn’t dig through them or under them if there is something tempting enough on the other side? No idea.
However, if you are going to plant daffodils anyway, this method might be worth a try. The worst that can happen is a lots of pretty flowers growing in the yard.
(Image courtesy Living with Wildlife)
Have any of you used daffodils as a gopher barrier?