Rabbits Ravaging Your Garden? 10 Brilliant Ways to Keep Them Away
It doesn’t matter how cute and cuddly they look hopping through the grass, if you have a garden, rabbits can become the bane of your existence. Or, at least your garden’s existence.
The problem with rabbits is that even if you only see one or two, you aren’t just dealing with one or two. Rabbits breed quickly…VERY QUICKLY, and those two can expand to 20 in only a year.
To help keep your garden safe from these cute hoppers, here are some techniques you can use to keep them out without causing permanent harm to them or the environment.
1. Adopt a Cat
One of the oldest methods for rodent and other pest control is a cat. Long before other techniques were discovered, cats were kept around as extremely efficient guards of the garden and home.
An outdoor cat will chase any rabbits, mouse, rat or squirrel out of your garden and keep them from coming back.
2. Blood Meal Fertilizer
The smell of blood equals danger to rabbits and other wildlife. Blood meal fertilizer provides a double benefit. It helps your plant grow and repels rabbits at the same time. Just make sure to read any warnings on the package and use it according to instructions to keep it from harming your plants.
3. Cat Litter
NOTE: We don’t mean the fresh out of the bag kind. If you already have a cat, but not the type you want to let outside, put that litter box to some extra good use. Used cat litter may smell bad indoors, but that same scent of cat urine will repel the rabbits and other critters in place of an actual cat.
4. Cayenne Pepper
Sprinkle the powdered form onto the leave and around the plants or mix with water to spray the area. The rabbits will not like this addition to their taste buds and won’t eat the plants they smell it on. Reapply as needed, especially after a rain shower, or your sprinklers go off.
5. Chicken Wire
If you don’t want to go through the hassle or expense of fencing off your entire property, chicken wire fencing just around your garden will do the trick.
Start with wire mesh that is a 1-inch or smaller weave and at least two feet high. You will also need enough posts to support the fencing without having more than six feet between each post. The height of your posts will be determined by how high you want your fence to be.
To calculate this, determine how high you want your fence then add 1.5 feet. For example, if you want a two-foot high fence, you will need posts at least 3.5 feet long. The more posts you have, the more stable your fence will be. Place your posts around your garden area and hammer them into the ground at least 18 inches deep.
To prevent the rabbits from digging under the fence, the bottom of the chicken wire should be buried. Do this by digging a ditch five inches deep and sloping out from your posts. Place the bottom of the wire mesh into the trench, so the end is approx. 12 inches from the fence line. Backfill the dirt to cover the wire. You can attach the wire mesh to the posts with a staple gun, wire, or nails depending on the weave size.
If your mesh is shorter than your desired fence height, simply overlap another layer above the ground layer to make the fence higher.
6. Commercial repellents
There are several organic repellents available at your local garden or DIY store that will naturally repel rabbits and other critters from your garden.
7. Decoy Animals
Rabbits are afraid of predators. To keep new families from settling in, you can distribute fake snakes and owls or other predator statues in trees and on the ground of your garden. Be aware that the effectiveness of this method isn’t as reliable. The rabbits may become used to the presence of the decoys. To be more effective, rotate the locations of the decoys periodically and use them with one or more of the other methods we’ve mentioned.
Whether it’s cat, dog or human hair, the rabbits aren’t going to like it. Sprinkle it around your garden and among the plant to help repel them naturally.
9. Keep Everything Trimmed
If you don’t want rabbits moving in, make sure there’s no “home” for them to go to. This means keeping your grass mowed as short as possible without harming it. Also, keep any shrubs or bushes under control and remove lower branches to prevent hiding places from forming.
Remove any yard debris, trash, or unused equipment at once, so the local wildlife doesn’t treat it as their new condo.
10. Motion-activated Sprinklers
Put your garden sprinklers on a motion detector to repel approaching snackers and water your garden at the same time.
The sudden movement of the sprays will scare them off and inhibit them from returning.
Keep Your Garden Safe
You would have put a lot of time & labor in your garden. Keep your plants safe from hungry herbivores. These ten options will go a long way to ensuring your garden stays full and healthy.