Frequently Asked Question

Do the plants roots grow through the basket?

The growth of the plants roots are not affected by the baskets. Roots grow healthy and strong through the basket without harming the root system of the plants. The baskets are intended to last long and help the plants root system while its young when its most vulnerable against gophers and other rodent. When the root system gets bigger and stronger the baskets will dissolve over years.

I have small critters. Can a gopher basket help?

 The way a gopher basket works is it wraps your plants in a protective mesh that will still allow the roots to grow past the mesh itself, but it’s not big enough for small critter’s paws to get through to the root ball. Our gopher mesh is densely threaded so tiny paws and claws won’t be able to press through to the hearts of your plants or the veggies you’re carefully growing either. 

Can gopher baskets be used as a cloche over the plant?

  If you’re more concerned about the critters above ground who are trying to take a chunk out of your plants, there’s no reason you couldn’t use the gopher basket, unraveled as a cloche. We recommend using long earth staples to keep the gopher basket secure over the top of the plant. This method should easily protect against squirrels and rabbits if those are more of a problem than underground critter are. 


What sizes do they come in?

 Western Planting Solutions produces a huge variety access. Some of our sizes include our mini gopher basket that measures at 4”x6” through to our quart basket (6”x8”) and up to include five-gallon gopher baskets meant for sapling tree. If you need a custom size, please reach out to us. We’re always happy to fill a request. 

What critters does the gopher baskets work on?

 Depending on whether you place it below ground or above as a cloche, it can work for nearly every critter. We’ve collected a list of the critters you have to be concerned about depending on your region and what gopher basket you need for each different species of critter.  The baskets work great against voles, moles, prairie dogs, ground hogs, rabbits, squirrels, wild hogs, armadillos, muskrats, and of course gophers, away from the roots, stems, and trunks of your plants. Installation is easy and, unlike other similar products, doesn’t beat up your hands with rough material. 

What size basket should i used?

 When you place a fish in a bowl, it can only grow to be as big as the bowl permits it to. That works similarly with plants. Much in the same way trees and other plants can get root-bound within pots, a plant can get root bound within a gopher basket if it’s too small. For small sprouts we recommend starting off with our mini and then bringing it up to the quart sized gopher basket, potentially mid-growing season, just to ensure that your plant gets up to be the size you intended it to be. 

We care about your plants

 

We truly care about protecting your precious plants without hurting the rodents that eat your plants. Specially created to protect the root ball system of young plants from gopher and rodents. The Grow Master Gopher Basket by Western Planting Solutions is a new, safe alternative to traditional ground and surface gopher and rodent control methods. Stop using hard wire baskets that are difficult to install. Instead try our user friendly-easy to install baskets. Innovative-creative in its simplicity to install, our gopher baskets are 100% stainless steel flexible round basket that keeps voles, moles, prairie dogs, ground hogs, rabbits, squirrels, wild hogs, armadillos, muskrats, and — of course — gophers, and small rodents away from the roots, stems, and trunks of your plants. Installation is easy and, unlike other similar products, doesn’t beat up your hands with rough material. If pesky rodents are the problem, the Grow Master gopher basket is the most logical answer. Providing ultimate root protection, the Gopher Basket keeps pesky little critters out, so that your garden can flourish and your hard work does not go to waste. With so many pest control options on the market, it can seem hard to determine which works best  and fits your needs, but in reality, the answer is simple — ours does.  

Testimonial by todaysbouquet.blogspot.com

This week I discovered a wonderful new product to help encourage the LOVE energy in your garden, even though you may be waging a full on war with your gophers that inhabit it. Protects the roots of your plants with a very fine and extremely flexible wire mesh bag/basket.  So EASY! They are flexible wire mesh with much more flexibility than the super stiff handmade Chicken or Aviary wire baskets. Affordable too! They have a beautiful, fine, and fluid wire shape--that from my perspective and because I love them so much-- evokes the work of the great wire artist, Ruth Asawa--especially after working with the painful rustic aviary wires! Ok, maybe I'm  slightly exaggerating, but if you ever struggled with making your own root baskets, you know! These are like works of art!  Ha!  

Grow Master Baskets come in Mini, Quart, 1/2 Gal, 1 Gal, and 1-3 Gal, 5 Gal, and 15 Gal sizes!  Brilliant! Hope our Marin County gophers can't chew through the fine and  flexible mesh! So happy to find it-- thought I would share this new product. Will keep you posted...so far- so good