I am leaving the tools I use to discourage gophers in the storage container. They're just inside the door, on the right, underneath the shelf.
I'll continue to use them, but what I would really like is for everyone to use them.
This is maintenance that needs to be done. Ideally every day. It's not a "one or two people come out early one weekend for a couple of hours" project, it's an "Everyone takes ten minutes every time they come out" sort of project.
We have enough regular pilots that if it became a habit for everyone to take five or ten minutes and rake out completely a couple of gopher mounds, every day they flew, the LZ would be pretty flat.
The watering changes have helped, but I think staying after the gophers and their grass-smothering mounds has had a positive effect. The area by the PG cone that was almost entirely gopher dirt now has grass in it. It's still not flat, because I haven't had time to add sand and rake it flat.
If we're going to have nicer grass, it's going to take a sustained effort from the whole club. It's not a high level of effort, but it needs to be sustained, like a habit or tradition.