Ways to keep rabbits out of your garden
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Signs of a rabbit
If you do have a rabbit in your garden chances are you’ve never seen him at work. Rabbits often feed at night. They do leave evidence of their night snacking, though. If you have a rabbit visitor they’re likely to see the following:
-Pea-sized droppings in a small pile or scattered around the garden.
-Signs of digging.
-Tuffs of soft, cotton-like fir.
-Rabbits tend to go for younger, smaller plants so if you have some in your garden chances are they are nibbled down.
-When rabbits chew they make clean cuts so your plants or flowers may look like someone cut them down with trimmers.Date Published: February 9, 2015Date Updated: February 9, 2015
The first thing to try is keeping the rabbits out of your garden. Put chicken wire around a plant to ensure a rabbit won’t be able to get to it. If your garden is small enough you can even surround the entire thing with chicken wire. If you have young, newly-planted greens you can lay chicken wire directly over them to ensure no rabbit will get to the new leaves.
To keep rabbits from trying to dig under the wire make sure you bury it at least 6 inches under the ground. When you do bury some of the wire make sure it isn’t too close to the plant’s roots. It’s also important to continue to check on the wire in case it moves or a rabbit does get through it.Date Published: February 9, 2015Date Updated: February 9, 2015
Scare rabbits away
Rabbits are smart and will avoid areas where they know predators live. It’s a good idea to let your cat or dog have free run of your yard if you’re experiencing rabbits in your garden. It’s also helpful to let other animals like hawks, owls, or snakes stay in your yard to keep rabbits away.
Other random objects may help keep a rabbit out. You can set up things like aluminum foil, flashing lights, or fake owl statues to scare them away. Once a rabbit figures out that something is not an immediate threat to them, however, they will ignore them and go right back into your garden.Date Published: February 9, 2015Date Updated: February 9, 2015
A rabbit repellent will either release an odor rabbits don’t like around the garden or make a plant taste bad to them. Be careful not to spray anything you plan to eat later, though. Repellents have to also be reapplied every so often, especially if it has just rained.
You can also make your own repellents. Dog or human hair spread about the bottom of a plant will keep rabbits away. Some people put a predator’s urine around the garden. Rabbits hate cayenne pepper and onions so putting those around plants will also help.Date Published: February 9, 2015Date Updated: February 9, 2015
The plants you grow
Sometimes it’s as simple as planting things that rabbits do not like. Here’s a list of plants rabbits usually avoid:
-mintDate Published: February 9, 2015Date Updated: February 9, 2015
One of the reasons you may have rabbits in your yard in the first place is because there are several places for them to find cover. Remove any piles of wood or brush in your yard that rabbits may be hiding in. Fill in any burrows or holes in your yard because rabbits tend to live in them. Pulling weeds and making sure all vegetation is trimmed will give rabbits less of a reason to hang out in your yard. Also make sure that you’re mowing your grass and raking up any leaves regularly.Date Published: February 9, 2015Date Updated: February 9, 2015
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