6 Ways to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden
Some people deny the truth that rabbits trouble their gardens because they don’t see bunnies hopping around. But let me share these signs and evidence that can tell you if the rabbits are enjoying the fruits of your labor! Ready to be a detective? You better be!
First evidence: Your plants have been cut cleanly. Plants chewed by rabbits would look like they’ve been cut with hand clippers. This is because rabbits have upper and lower incisors.
Second sign: If your shrubs and outbuildings have been dug and bedded down, that means rabbits have been sneaking around your garden at night! Also, check whether there are small clusters of fur stuck between branches.
Third clue: There are little bitty droppings in your garden. Their pea-sized doo-doo can either be piled up or all over your garden.
Final proof: When your young plants totally vanish overnight, there might be rabbits enjoying them! Remember, these creatures love pepper seedlings, Swiss chard, and peas.
So, are rabbits really troubling your garden? If they are, don’t worry! You’ll now come across the most famous and effective ways to keep your garden rabbit-free.
Garlique (Garlic Technique)
Rabbits rally against the aroma of garlic. That’s why a garlic repellant will work. You can chop them, combine them with water, and put them in a spray bottle. Then you just have to witness the work of magic garlic! The only downside is that it should be reapplied after it rains.
Grow the plants they can’t stand.
Rabbits are like people too. They also dislike other foods and would settle on what makes their tummies happy. So, in short, grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers such as leeks, potatoes, onions, asparagus, squash, rhubarb, tomatoes, mint, basil, tarragon, oregano, parsley, vincas, geraniums, cleome, and wax begonias. Once they discover that your garden has these plants, they’ll be discouraged to come back.
This, of course, isn’t recommended especially if it’s live trapping. So if you think you must do it, and there’s no other way to keep rabbits from munching your plants, then contact your local authorities and ask for trapping guidelines. It’s best to call the help of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for this matter. But before you do, continue reading and you might find another way to keep rabbits out of your garden.
Scare them with predators.
If you have a cat or a dog, you can make them run around the yard to terrify the rabbits attempting to disturb your garden. Do this at night before you sleep because rabbits usually work their way to your garden at night. If you don’t own a pet, consider scaring them away with flashing lights, fake birds, such as hawks and owls, or aluminum cans. However, they may not work for long. Rabbits will someday realize that they’re fake and they’ll neglect them. You also have to take note that cats may only scare bunnies.
Protect your plants.
By far, this is the most effective strategy to keep them out of your garden. You can use fences and nets for this method. For instance, your small or young plants can be surrounded and covered by chicken wires to keep rabbits from reaching their leaves. Larger plants, on the other hand, can be covered by a cylindrical chicken wire big enough to prevent animals from reaching the foliage. For best results, fasten the edges of the wire. You can also consider bird or deer netting for seedlings or young plants. Remember that fencing must at least be two feet high to keep rabbits from jumping over. To prevent them from digging under, bury at least three to six inches and bend the area far from your plants. Check your rabbit shields regularly to ensure that rabbits haven’t made an opening.
Remove whatever helps them hide.
Rabbits know how and where to hide. And they love using tall grass, stacked rocks, piled up brush, porches, low decks, sheds, and low-growing shrubs. So what do you do? Get rid of them. If you can’t, then block any opening near them so the rabbits can’t access them.