How to keep wild rabbits off plants?
We live in front of a field now overrun with wild rabbits. They keep coming in through the hedge separating the field from our property and eating the heads off all our flowers. We've tried putting netting and such around plants, but our garden is too big to cover every plant and it would ruin the beauty of the plants.
We have a dog that likes running around the garden so we really don't want anything that might harm him should he go near it.
Is there anything we can do to keep them away?
- Anonymous6 months ago
Wire fence the perimeter of the garden and bury in the ground or hold down with stakes or rocks between the posts... to keep out the rabbits which means chicken wire fencing around the entire garden and posts to hold up the fence so like a foot away from the plants. Chicken wire rolls come in 4 foot width so the fence is 4 feet high. You step OVER it to get into the garden. The chicken wire can go back as far as the hedge. No such thing as too big a garden. You can buy chicken wire by the Mile.
Otherwise YOU do not have a garden.
Fortunately Rabbits cannot fly. Chickens can, and will eat out all the greens. Deer can jump a 6 foot high fence with ease and eat Rabbit food.
No garden is too big. In Australia for a time they fenced off thousands of acres to keep the rabbits out.
These are your choices
You may have to build a greenhouse to garden...and a raised garden.
- FLv 66 months ago
Get a cat, more effective than most dogs.
- Jan CLv 76 months ago
Throw our some moth balls.
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- JohnLv 76 months ago
Rabbits and deer. Once they find your free food plot they will treat it like their own. Fencing or making rabbit stew is about all that really works. And fencing has to be really good.
- Anonymous6 months ago
shoot them as they come through the gaps then you can cook them or feed them to the dog
- 6 months ago
Train your dog to do more that run around. That didn't take much training, right?
- Karen LLv 76 months ago
Build a rabbit-proof fence, or use a deterrent. I use one called Bobbex. It seems to work.
- MsBittnerLv 76 months ago
If you don't want to fence and net, then you have to spray something on the plants that make rabbits dislike them. And you reapply it after every rain or watering, which quickly becomes a pain.
Ideally you want to cause no harm to the rabbits or your dog, right? Try this:
Four hot peppers like habenero, diced (It's okay to leave seeds in)
Four cigarettes, filters broken off, then broken into pieces (or some pipe tobacco)
Two eggs, stirred enough to break the yolks
One teaspoon baby oil or dish soap
One teaspoon vinegar, any kind
Add water to produce one gallon of liquid and cover tightly. Find a sunny spot for your gallon container to sit, and shake it well several times a day.
After a minimum of two days, strain the liquid and use a refillable spray bottle to mist your plants. This keeps many types of insects, plus rabbits and deer, away, but will cause no harm if an animal samples it.
- EdwenaLv 76 months ago
A fence to keep out the rabbits and their parasites.