We are building a raised garden bed and need to use wire netting on the bottom to keep gophers out. Can you recommend wood and wire?

Asked by Kathy V
Thousand Oaks, CA

We would like to use redwood. And is vinyl-coated poultry netting bad?


Lee Hall

Answered by Lee Hall

Allen, TX

Sustainable Structures of Texas

August 21, 2010

I don't see a problem with the redwood and vinyl netting.

However, how big is your garden? Have you tried square-foot gardening? It really gives you a lot of bang for your buck, and you could actually raise your planting surface up on a platform with potting soil and eliminate your gopher problem.

The 3- to 4-foot raise sure makes it easier on your back and legs as well. Less bending, fewer weeds, and better soil.

For more information:

Read Polly Osborne's Q&A "Can you suggest an alternative to pressure-treated wood for garden borders and raised planters?"

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