Model # 100051035

Internet #202268239

Store SKU #332145

Digger's 5 gal. 12 in. Wire Gopher Basket


5 gal. 12 in. Wire Gopher Basket

  • Use to protect flowers, shrubs, vegetables and other plants
  • Prevents gophers from passing or chewing through plants
  • Baskets will provide 6-10 years of gopher control
$576 /each
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Product Overview

Humane and effective, these sturdy baskets are superior to chicken or aviary wire for barring gophers from your plant's roots. Just set the basket in the plant hole with the green wire above-ground to block the overland route. Put the plant inside, backfill with soil and you're done. These baskets offer appropriate root protection whether you are planting in a wide and shallow hole, or a deep and narrow hole.

  • Wire basket designed to keep gophers from eating plant roots
  • 3/4 in. gopher wire mesh prevents gophers from passing through openings
  • 20-gauge thickness to help protect against gopher chew-through
  • Wire is hot-dipped and galvanized for corrosion resistance
  • Prefabricated for easy installation
  • No need to cut wire

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Product Depth (in.)
.5 in
Product Height (in.)
12.25 in
Product Width (in.)
13.5 in


Application Type
Pest Type
Safe for Pets

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Customer Questions & Answers

I have chipmunks (I think) digging under an established raise bed veggie garden. Will this help for smaller critters?

Asked by: JBK
It is initially more work, but if you can line your bed with hardware cloth, you'll protect everything in the bed going forward. It will last for years, unlike chicken wire, which rusts out in a year or so. To use gopher baskets would be quite expensive for each plant.
Answered by: carmitz
Date published: 2016-12-27

Can this basket be used as a cloche over a plant to keep out rabbits?

In the UK seen chicken wire covers meant to go over a plant to keep the rabbits from eating them. It would be held down with the same pins that you would use on landscape fabric.
Asked by: mmoss
Yes. I use a cylinder made of chicken wire, which is less expensive.
Answered by: carmitz
Date published: 2016-12-27

Gopher basket

Can I order 1 gallon size gopher baskets?
Asked by: Barb
Thank you for your recent inquiry with The Home Depot. We currently do not sell gopher baskets in the 1 gallon size you are requesting. it may be something that would need to be purchased direct from the brand manufacturer Digger's.We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you in the future. Thank you for shopping Home Depot
Answered by: Juan
Date published: 2016-08-15
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Customer Reviews

5 gal. 12 in. Wire Gopher Basket is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These are the best gopher baskets on the market. It is very important that you follow the directi... These are the best gopher baskets on the market. It is very important that you follow the directions for opening and using, with the green section above ground. The other gopher baskets don't have this feature. Gophers do come out of the ground and move over the surface. The green section is high enough to keep the gophers out of the basket. These baskets can also be dug up and reused. If you're using them on perennials or shrubs, you might want to use the next size up.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expands as instructed, use heavyweight leather gloves to protect your hands. Adjust the shape to ... Expands as instructed, use heavyweight leather gloves to protect your hands. Adjust the shape to your hole, or enlarge your hole, make sure the green paint is above ground and level in the hole. Put in the plant, backfill earth and water. Repeat til at the green paint. Rated for 6 years. These are only 1 month old but last year's set of 3 look good and no gopher damage to my roses yet. Just what you need if there are earth piles in the neighborhood lawns (gophers).
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have squirrels who love to dig up and eat a large majority of my plants. Especially bulbs. Thou... I have squirrels who love to dig up and eat a large majority of my plants. Especially bulbs. Though this is a little large (so digging a hole to make it fit can be tiring), if you surround the plant with enough soil such pests cannot get to the bulb/roots. Just be advised if they want to dig down from the top, they can. But, they seem to avoid this either way so it has been such a help.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like the sturdiness and design of the basket. The instructions are simple to follow. I ordere... I like the sturdiness and design of the basket. The instructions are simple to follow. I ordered six of the baskets and have already used 3 of them. I'm feeling confident that those nasty gophers will be conquered and my plants and rose bushes will flourish.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best find for gophers to date!... Best find for gophers to date!
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything went beautifully.... Everything went beautifully.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from works grteat works grteat
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LESS THAN A MINUTE TO FORM A BASKET, AND THEY WORK I’ve been looking at ads for these baskets probably since the company went into business. I finally broke down and bought some of them, and they are making my life so much easier. I already knew gopher baskets work and keep working: I’ve been making my own gopher baskets from either chicken wire or hardward cloth for the last 15 years. They may work just fine, but making your own is a big task, involving using a wire cutter on each and every loop, then trying to bend the wire into a basket shape while cutting yourself as little as possible on the sharp bits of wire. What’s more, the sharp bits are waiting for you next Spring, plus the bright silver wire sticking up looks awful. These pre-made baskets go from flat to ready very, very quickly: The first one took me around 10 minutes, but the second one, now that I knew how, seemed to only take a couple of minutes. I decided to stopwatch the third: 52.3 seconds from the time I picked up the flat wire basket to the time it was ready to be put in the ground. What you’re seeing in the product’s illustration: The green area will stay above ground to discourage the gopher from just walking across the ground and diving into the basket itself. (I’ve actually watched one do that.) The basket is actually one piece of wire: The wire is folded in half at the end opposite the green band, with the metal strips (seam bars) clamping the sides together. Thus, it really is a basket. It looks in the picture like they’re made of chicken wire, but they’re made, instead, of 20 gauge wire, much heavier than chicken wire, and the mesh is closer than chicken wire (something the manufacturer should point out as, in the photo, it looks just like chicken wire). Instructions for going from flat to round: They have a three-step set of instructions on the backside of that giant label, but I’ve expanded those to six and to give you a helpful shortcut. Total time was 52.3 seconds for the whole thing by the time I was making my 3rd basket. I’ve noted approximately how much of that time was spent on each step: 1) Remove label (It’s held by one staple) and spread the wire at the mouth of the basket at the top of the green band. It may seem like something is holding it together, but it is not (around 15 seconds). 2) Put your hands inside and push it out roughly into a cylinder (around 10 seconds. 3) Grasp the middle of each side around five inches above the bottom and pull the sides apart from each other to cause the crease at the bottom to uncrease and the bottom to flatten in that dimension. (around 10 seconds). At that point, the middle of the wire will be fully formed, but the outside edges, with their straight pieces of metal gripping the seam, will still be unbent, leaving you with a giant V-shaped crease. 4) Flatten the bottom out as much as possible, leaving you with a sort of Viking boat-bottom shape. 5) Take a pair of plyers and bend the side bars 90 degrees about five inches above the bottom so that part of the bar is laying in the same direction as the wire, instead of sticking out from it. Make the bend even with where you’ll need to bend the bars to form a nice flat bottom (around 15 seconds). 6) Now, fold the wire bars toward each other and the bottom will be fully formed (around 5 seconds). This may sound like a lot of work, but remember that on my third basket, I’d already hit 52.3 seconds, and I wasn’t trying to set a record, just test my speed. Their instructions suggest you to bend the bars along their entire length. You may want to do that, but the only place they need to be bent is where you’re going to fold them. Using the pliers makes that very easy. If you do want to bend them along the entire length, do that step first: It’s much easier when the rest of the basket is still flat. You can also spend quite a bit of time making the entire basket exactly round, but nobody will be seeing the part below ground. I try to make the green band part pretty close to exactly round because it is going to show. However, with my square shovel, it’s easier to let the bottom of the basket stay slightly square, its natural shape when you first form it. That way it slides right down without my having to make a giant oversized hole. After the basket is in place, I drop a shovelful of dirt on it, then tamp it down with the shovel. That both makes the dirt drop through the mesh and bends the mesh down a bit so it matches the hole. Keeps you from spending a lot of time trying manually to get the bottom contour to match the hole you happened to end up with. Just make sure the green band stays above ground. The baskets are available in quite a few different sizes. You want the basket to be bigger than the one that came with the plant. Otherwise, the gophers will dine out on all the new roots, so go one size up. After I tried the 15 gallon size, I ended up buying a case of each size, and I’m planting like crazy.
Date published: 2013-09-07
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