How To Safely Keep Rabbits Out Of The Garden

Keep Rabbits Out Of The Garden

Have you been wondering what’s been happening to some of your leafier produce that you planted this year in your garden? Perhaps you are already aware of rabbits in or around your property and have just recently experienced a problem with the loss of some of your garden items. Maybe this is your first attempt at a garden were not prepared for this semi-cute nuisance. Regardless of the circumstances, little peter cotton tail is consuming salad on your dime and you want to put an end to it without causing harm. First you should know a little about your button tailed friend.

Keep Your Garden Safe From Rabbits

Learn About The Bunnies
There are numerous types of rabbits that all possess different characteristics that are unique and specific to them. For example, not all rabbits borrow, and not all rabbits are able to jump very high. Common to all of them though, is the fondness for grass and other leafy vegetation. A rabbit will consume up to a pound of vegetation a day feeding in the morning and again at sunset. It is helpful to identify the type of rabbit you are dealing with and if it has taken up residency in your yard or somewhere outside of it. The suggestions I will offer to protect your garden are completely non-invasive, safe, and will not harm the bunnies. Anyone considering a trapping approach should research their local ordinances governing the allowance of such an action before attempting it.

Tips To Safely Keep Rabbits Out Of The Garden

Discourage Rabbits
If your garden is already fenced in and you are still experiencing a problem, you might want to try this method. Using chicken wire, bend the bottom six inches of the chicken wire fence at a 90 degree angle and then dig a six by six inch trench all the way around the perimeter of your garden. Place the bent bottom of your fence in the hole with the bent part pointing away from the garden. Now re-fill the trench making sure to pack the soil down firmly. This will discourage borrowing. Be sure to have at least two feet of fence sticking out from the ground level to combat the high jumping rabbits. This should do the trick but if you’d like to carry out some extra measures you can try concocting a homemade deterrent that is absolutely safe.

Homemade Sprays To Keep Rabbits Out Of The Garden

How To Make A Homemade Spray
A simple and effective mixture requires a one gallon jug that did not have any harmful chemicals in it prior to this usage. Fill the jug with warm water, add a Tbsp. of dish soap, and mix it with a bottle of hot sauce to spray around the perimeter of your garden. Rabbits dislike spicy things and apparently raw egg, and garlic so any combination including those things should get the job done without causing any harm to your cotton tailed friend.

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