Any new remedies for keeping rabbits out of the garden?

diginthedirt17(z5 IL)April 9, 2008

Hello everyone,

Just wondering if there are any new ideas for keeping rabbits out of the garden; already they have chewed everything that had popped up even a little. SO frustrating.

We have a farm field behind our house, and the rabbits have holes dug all around our fence back to the field. I'm hoping to put chicken wire up along the fence, but I'm sure they will find a way in. Plus they eat everything on the sides and in the front.

I saw an animated owl at the hardware store the other day; has anyone had luck with that type of deterrant? I hate to put chicken wire along the garden since it's right next to the patio and is so unsightly.

Any fresh ideas?

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gardenchick1(5b SEMich)

diginthedirt17 -- I know how you feel. I just came in from the backyard where I went to see how things were doing from our snowy winter and it looked like someone had come in and done a severe pruning. Bunny droppings left no doubt as to the culprit. I'm just sick as to how many of my shrubs I planted last year are chewed up.

I sprinkled a rabbit deterrent around them, but don't know if it works. I'm hoping someone can come up with a solution other than chicken wire because that won't do for us either. My DH says he'll take care of it with his 22, but is there a less violent way?

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 9:27AM
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kathwhit(z8, West OR)

I can think of two surefire ways to get keep rabbits out of your garden. 1) a fence and 2) a gun. Oops, I guess there is a third one and that is 3) a dog. I wish there were other ways, but my experience is you waste a lot of money and time with other deterrents and still have rabbits eating your plants. Better to spend the money on a good short fence in my opinion. Or a good marksman, or a good dog. Good luck.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 4:36PM
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triciami5(z5 MI)

I have a little shih tzu that chases them out and she is as big as they are, and can really run. They never come back, so must scare them to death. Its funny to watch, she turns those real sharp corners like they do and stays right with them. So far so good, each Spring we go through this, and we live in the city. Tricia

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 7:10PM
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john_4b(z4b WI)

I agree, most repellents don't work very well. A good fence is the only way to keep rabbits out, a dog will chase them out once they get in, or use a gun to prevent them from ever coming back, or use all three. Problem is, there are always a few more to take the place of the ones that are taken out.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 9:56AM
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LindaMA(MA z5)

I have a pretty large Chocolate Lab that will chase them out when he is out there but during the day while I'm at work, he's in the house and can't get at them, that's when they seem to be doing their damage.

I have other critters in my yard, I'm not sure if it's voles, moles or squirells that are digging up my tulip and daffodil seedlings and also making all these holes in my lawn. Oh it makes me so made, we work so hard to keep our yards looking nice and they come along and undo it all in a matter of an afternoon!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 10:13AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

We haven't had a problem yet this year, but last year there were plenty of critters exploring our yard. We have only started installing new landscape in the past three years, so it is pretty young and now they are checking it out. Last year, between the rabbits and groundhogs, all my new echinacea were history. I don't think I saw more than a few blooms all season. We have clover in the lawn so the rabbits love that. Plus the little chipmunks that I never saw in the yard, have been showing up. I guess that's what we get for having an interesting yard and going to all that trouble to make it organic too. :-)

No ideas here either, sorry. How about a trap? You could start a bunny farm and send the babies home with the neighbor kids for pets..lgl. Have any nephews and nieces that need pets? How about school science teachers that might like a demonstration of Rabbit stew? What did Mr. McGregor do? Didn't he chase them with a shovel? lol


    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 7:49PM
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ladychroe(z6 NJ)

I noticed that this year we had much fewer rabbits and squirrels than in years past. Turns out there have been coyote sightings in my neighborhood... including on my front lawn.

Hey, whatever works. If my dog can't get out of her fenced-in backyard, I'm assuming coyotes can't get in, right?

    Bookmark   April 11, 2008 at 5:27PM
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justmetoo(z5 IL)

you might try the poultry netting over the old chicken wire. I saw it at Menard's the other day. Comes in 24 or 36 inches high and is green vinyl/plastic webbing. Might not be so bad around the garden and then a few annuals or something your veggies and flowers might make the 'fence' tolerable. It was inexpensive too.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2008 at 10:31PM
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Our dog keeps our neighbourhood rabbits off our property amazingly effectively.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2008 at 4:22PM
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diginthedirt17(z5 IL)

Thanks everyone. We have a large dog too, but she is getting older slowing down a bit! The rabbits seem to do most of the damage at night, while our dog is asleep at the foot of the bed. Oh well!

I think I'll put some chicken wire up this weekend just for a month or so the plants can get established.

Happy Gardening!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 9:16AM
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If your garden is in full sun, you could try planting nepeta as a border plant. When I trim my nepeta blooms in the summer, I scatter the stems around the things that the bunnies like. I'm working my way around the garden with nepeta to cut off the entry points! Nepeta is an easy plant to divide in spring, too. Bees and butterflies love it. Six Hills Giant will take up 3ft of space and grow 3ft high. Walkers Low needs 3 ft of space and grows about 30" high. There are some shorter varieties around that I've not tried.

That said, I LOVE nepeta for the long bloom season, easy maintenance and beautiful shape.


    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 2:11PM
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This may sound crazy, but it has really worked for us....About 4-5 years ago, we got a cat from the pound. She is just a pound cat, but she has a touch of Persian in her (you can tell because of her tail) but that's all...the rest of her looks like a regular Heinze 57 pound cat.....Anyway, our neighbors have a gorgeous yard, loaded with perinnials (sp?) and a garden, plus lots of bulbs...we have lots of bulbs and plants to, but the rabbits were eating everything!!We were both so discouraged with destruction from all kinds of animals... So, once I got this cat, the problem has TOTALLY DISSAPPEARED. My neighbor calls her "the terminator" she is very aggresive towards rabbits, and all other creatures....she even kills snakes.(I wouldn't have believed it, but I saw it firsthand) My vet said the Persian in her is what makes her a good hunter. My hubby says she's worth her weight in gold....we had another cat before her, just a regular cat and he was so lazy, he was no good at all.....but she has saved all our gardens. We all laugh and joke about it, and she seems to eat up all the attention she gets. The only critters she won't chase are squirrels and raccoons, but I think its because they are bigger than her....not the squirrels, but they can claw a cat pretty badly...(she is very small, about 6-7 pounds) Don't know if it would work for you, but its been the ticket for us. My hubby says he has heard that alot of animals won't go around where there is a cat, because of the smell...Anyway, I wish you luck in solving your problem, I know how frustrating it is.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 11:22AM
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triple_b(BC 5b)

We could all use a bit of Elmer Fudd in our lives. "Kill the Waaaaaaabit!"

    Bookmark   April 17, 2008 at 10:23PM
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If it's not to big of an area try Lu Lu marigolds. They don't like the pungent smell of the plant. Just a thought?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 12:19AM
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SandL(6a KS)

Hmmmmmmmm . .. a shotgun and rabbit cookbook???

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 12:20AM
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How about a den of Red Fox, in a wooded area, down near the creek?
In the 42 years I have lived in this surburban area, have only seen 3 wild Rabbits and two of those were newborns. Never saw the mother, so they probably perished of starvation.
The latest sighting, was a few weeks ago, A large bunny hopping down my driveway at the rear of the house. That night, I observed 2 Red Fox kits running across the garden, ergo, no more Rabbit!
Many years ago, one of the neighborhood kids had a pet White Buck, who escaped his cage twice and found my Hostas.
I found the owner and invited him to join us, dining on Rabbit stew, that evening. Cage was secured, problem solved!

My problem is squirrels, both gray & ground(chipmunks). They don't usually eat the plants(but will, if no other food souce is available), but destroy them, by digging them up, while searching for nuts, berries and seed. During the past two years, I have trapped and relocated more than 50 of the critters, but have become resigned to the fact that I will NEVER be free of them!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 3:38AM
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molie(z6 CT)

Bamabutterfly has it right on... felines! dogs are great until they age and slow down. Our cat loves being outside all night long, whereas our dog is ready for bed at 8:00 pm. Just this morning my husband found the "remains" of a rabbit that our cat had brought up on the deck. I know, I know, it's pretty gross.

She also hunts mice and sometimes catches birds. Even though I'm not too fond of the cat's hobby, she certainly keeps the rabbit population down in our yard. We suspect it's because she prowls outside day and night. I don't see the tops of my bulbs being eaten, which is pretty common in our neighborhood in early spring. We live along a river and there is plenty of wildlife but nothing comes into our yard. The cat's like a watchdog ... she won't chase after the muskrats that approach our yard, but they sure do scurry along when they spot her.

So I say... get a cat! By the way, ours is no special breed. She was an abandoned cat that had lived outdoors for most of her young life, which could account for her hunting abilities and preference for night prowling. My husband took her in when she was a baby and slowly tamed her (using a water spritzer. She lived with him in as an indoor cat in an apartment for about 8 yrs before we married and bought our house. The first time her tiny paws touched our back deck that overlooks the river, she jumped off and explored the yard. She's been hunting ever since.


    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 9:14AM
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We have been battling the evil rabbits for many years and still suffer painful damages every year. We tried fence in about 1 acre of garden and still sustained damages. A cat moved into the nearby wood a couple of years ago, and raised two kittens under our deck. They didn't help; probably because there were enough field mice around to keep them satisfied. The only year when there was no damage is when the coyote population was up, but then hunters got busy eliminating them. Does any one know of a Rent-a-Coyote business?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 9:54AM
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triple_b(BC 5b)

I wonder if you would get a better deal on Wile E. Coyote or Elmer Fudd?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 5:16PM
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molie(z6 CT)

P.S. I found another baby rabbit on the deck again this morning. This time I didn't look to see how much of the rabbit was there. Of course, I called my DH and told him, "That cat is yours and so is the burial job!"

He has his usual response ... without the cat, I'd have no flowers. Sad but true. Baby Girl's hunting season is short, but very fruitful. Soon the rabbits will be gone, at least in our yard.


    Bookmark   April 19, 2008 at 7:49AM
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triple_b(BC 5b)

gooood kitty.....

    Bookmark   April 19, 2008 at 4:00PM
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We bought an expensive rabbit repellant that seems to work (12 oz - $15") Then we read the ingredients, 1% garlic, 99% inert ingredients. We started using garlic powder which also seems to work, but is still expensive. Then we went to the local dollar store and bought a huge jar (21 oz - $1) of very strong smelling dehydrated garlic and it is working so far. You get a wiff of it in the wind, but that's ok.. lol We have also noticed that the rabbits don't touch alium, chives, nepeta and other strong smelling plants.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 7:42PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks for that idea mss....I want to be already before they start on my plants this year. :-) Haven't seen one yet.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 7:50PM
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wooden bamboo skewers with sharp point around plants you want to protect. One pinch and they won't be back!


    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 8:30PM
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sprinkle CYANNE PEPPER on and around your flowers... it works. you have to do it almost every day, after it rains, and after you water. it does not do anything to your flowers and all animals hate it.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 8:10AM
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Wonderful reading all your entrys on your Rabbit problems. My Church just started a community garden and we too have the same problem Rabbits.Rabbits Rabbits everywere!!!!! Upon serching the Web this is what I have found and will put some into practice next spring. SOO if anyone have tried these and know how they work let US ALL know!!!!!!
#1 Cat litter, If your cat is a Hunter, use his/her litter and put it around those plants Rabbits will stay away
#2 there is "FOX Scent" out there you can buy $$$$$ that suspose to work as Fox is a natural Enemy of them critters.
#3 I guess "Lavender Plants" is a Natural deterent I guess the dont like the smell, sooo My wife say just put out some of those Room smelly things around your plants see if that will work to keep them away from a Plant or to for a trail basis.
#4 Moth balls. guess they will work too.

I too am agaist fencing in a garden,I would love to shot them and make a good stew, but with my luck I would be seen by some animal act- ti- fest and He would have ME for dinner. Letting those rabbits have a free Brksft, Lnch, N Dinner is getting a little frustrating.

Have to Write off this years Garden.

Hope this helps....... GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 8:59PM
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If you want something very easy to use to keep the rabbits and other small critters out of your garden, try using a product called Plantskydd Rabbit and Small Critter Repellent. You simply shake it on the plants you want protected. It will not wash off and is completly organic. Here is the web address, I have also posted a link.

Good luck with the rabbits.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rabbit Repellant

    Bookmark   December 17, 2008 at 11:45AM
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A very effective rabbit repellent is used (scooped out) kitty litter. Just sprinkle it around the perimeter of the garden. You do have to re-apply after heavy rains. On a local garden show this weekend, they recommended alternating deterrents - apply kitty litter for a few weeks, then switch to fox scent. The reason being that the rabbits get used to one scent and it loses it's effectiveness. It has kept the rabbits away from my tulips and hostas this year.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Good Thing - About Gardening

    Bookmark   May 6, 2010 at 8:05AM
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I've had no luck keeping the ever-expanding population of rabbits from slipping through my picket fence and nibbling at anything newly emerging from the soil. Living in Massachusetts, this is a short-lived problem for the most part, and I solve it by making little "cages" out of chicken wire and setting them into the ground over and around the plants. I make them big enough so the rabbits can't reach through them and use garden staples to keep them from being knocked off.

Once the plant has outgrown its cage I remove it and don't have much more trouble afterwards.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 10:32AM
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To each his own, but in my garden the rabbits soon find themselves feeding my peach trees and citrus trees. I once fenced my garden in with that plastic fencing and that seemed to work till the day I saw a poor old bullsnake dead in the plastic mesh. Needless to say bye bye mesh. Rather have the mouse control here in the country.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 3:28PM
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jonijumpup(z5, GR MI)

donutx5 I don't follow you. 'Mouse control'? How are you dispatching the rabbits that you are using for fertilize?

Here is a link that might be useful: GardenWeb

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 11:06PM
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a2zmom(6a - nj)

jonijumpup, donut is talking about the snake. Snakes eat mice so better to have bunnies hopping about than accidentally killing snakes,

Where I am, there are foxes and plenty of hawks plus my neighbor's dog, so not a lot of rascally rabbits this year.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 12:43AM
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I think I've stumbled upon the perfect Wabbit Wepellant...
Cocoa Bean Chip Mulch. Ever since I started using that stuff, I've had considerably less bunny damage on all my favorite plants :) I'm trying the ultimate test tonight; I planted a Buttonbush with a wide swath of mulch around it. I even worked it into the soil to get maximum effect. It REEKS of chocolate!
I tried the same method c my Mexican Sunflowers, and so far, so good. That was a week ago, and they are still untouched.
The chipmunks and squirrels seem a bit put off by it as well.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 3:47AM
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I've been having luck with cayenne for all the pests. I sprinkle it on plants or around borders and this sends those who share my appetites running. I have to remind them every few weeks or so, but gradually they develop appetites for things I don't mind losing -- and I plant some of their favorites outside of my bed and let them nibble them on occasion , leaving these delectibles (a strawberry plant or two out of my sprinkling.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 7:09AM
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I have 4 dogs and 3 cats and still a HUGE rabbit problem. I have tried lavender and marigolds which did nothing. Even the eagles, owls and coyotes do not seem to be making a dent in the rabbits destroying my garden. They are leaving the tomatoes alone so far but have eaten all my beans, peas, and cauliflower to ground. Any other suggestions besides shooting them or fencing the garden. Fencing is too pricey since my garden is about 150 feet x 150 feet. Shooting is not an option where we live.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 4:09PM
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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

I'm *this close* to heading off this problem Ted Nugent style.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 4:10PM
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I have not have a rabbit problem in my old house. However, I'd already seen a rabbit or two in the backyard of our new house, where I'm planning a garden to plant.
Since I'm relatively a new gardener, I'm addicted to reading everything about gardening.
The two anti-rabbit warfare recipes I read about, but did not see above(sorry if I missed a post) are:
1. spreading blood meal around the plants
2. spreading crushed boiled eggs and leaving them to rot.
I would like to hear if somebody tried these remedies and with what results.
Thank you.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 11:57PM
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I've tried the Blood Meal years ago without success. I've had great luck with Deer Off for both rabbits & deer. I reapply when there is a significant amount of new growth. Not something I'd want to spray on edibles as it smells awful, like rotten eggs. I spray it, strip my clothes off in the garage & head to the shower. Once it dries, there's odor on the flowers.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 9:58AM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

Cocoa mulch is poisonous to dogs and perhaps other canines. And very attractive to them as well.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 11:21AM
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a2zmom(6a - nj)

Way back in 2007 I was doing some garden cleanup in late May. It was twilight, so a bit hard to see. I got rid of a bunch of leaves. Then some fuzz. Then I grabbed a branch - except the branch jumped and ran away. I had uncovered a rabbit den right in the middle of my garden!

Here's a picture from back then:

Even though I knew they'd likely be eating my plants in a matter of days, I didn't have the heart to hurt them.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 1:38PM
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caryltoo Z7/SE PA

I wouldn't have the heart to hurt them either, but I'm about ready to do in the one that ate two of my bean plants to the stem and disappeared two entire pepper plants as well.

We will be putting out a havaheart trap and relocating them if it works. The one dog loves chasing them off, but she can't catch it (too old and slow) and they keep returning.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 2:32PM
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I love the picture of the bunnies! We have two bunnies as pets (in the basement where the dog never goes) so it is hard to want to get rid of the outside ones. But I have tons of lilies, so I use Liquid Fence's deer and rabbit repellant spray on the flowers once a week, and it has worked really well, although it stinks badly. My dog is getting too old to catch the bunnies, but if she finds their nest, it is all over.
Funny story: I put chicken wire around a rugosa rose bush so the bunnies wouldn't eat all of its leaves. When I removed the wire, there at the base of the plant was a perfect bunny nest. The mom must have decided that was a well protected spot !

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 5:10PM
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jonijumpup(z5, GR MI)

Hey Baditude, chicken wire fencing should be good enuf to keep rabbits out shouldn't it?

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 11:06PM
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yardenman(z7 MD)

1 - Cats (love catching baby bunnies)
2 - Have-A-Heart Traps and then drowning the little suckers
3 - Enclosed garden.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2014 at 3:31AM
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Chicken wire for my blueberry plants. The rabbits or deers have eaten some of my Hostas to the ground. I too do not have the heart to kill bunnies or any critters outside. My neighbors had four baby foxes in their yard this spring. I can only hope that they have survived and will do what foxes do. Then I can remain blameless....

    Bookmark   June 29, 2014 at 1:08PM
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My damage stopped when I started spreading dog hair in and under the mulch. I have a poodle who grows me a plentiful supply and try for dirty hair but can't say for sure that matters. (Small city garden, cat savvy rabbits as plentiful as dog hair.) If you don't have a dog or as much hair as a poodle provides you could try begging from a groomer.

The rabbits also don't seem to bother anything around the wild geraniums, either. They can be a little invasive but aren't that hard to control. Strongly scented. Mine are pinker than the ones usually pictured but I'm sure that's what they are.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wild geraniums

This post was edited by dirt_cred on Sun, Jun 29, 14 at 23:55

    Bookmark   June 29, 2014 at 11:51PM
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I'm thinking of trying a raised bed to plant Ky Wonder green beans. The rabbits devour them. But I'm puzzled that no one mentions raised beds as a way to fool the rabbits and save the veggies they love.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 3:12PM
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jwr6404(8B Wa)

Last February I rescued a Dingo 'aka' Taiwan Mountain Dog from Taiwan. He is 6 months of age. His presence, I believe, has greatly reduced the Rabbits interest in my garden. Now if I can get my 11 year old American Bulldog and 9 year old Cattle Dog to accept his Hyperactive Puppy exhuberance..

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 10:16PM
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I have no problems if I spray with Rabbit Out. It works well in my garden. This year there is a bumper crop of rabbits as they are running everywhere. I purchased the concentrate Rabbi tOut and use it in a spray bottle with the nozzle wide open so it does not clog.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 7:27AM
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About raised beds: my disabled sister gardens in pots that are about 30" high. Last spring we found the furry remains of a rabbit nest in one. I think the buns are willing to jump for food.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 2:57PM
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Rabbits can easily jump 30". We have a wall around our back garden. It's about 30" to 36" high. Rabbits soar over it to eat everything in sight. I've found them curled up on the lawn, fast asleep with full bellies.


    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 10:33PM
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I was told to grate Irish Spring soap or Zest soap around the plants, if the scent is too strong the rabbits get discouraged. I just did that today, will see how it goes.
I used the course grater and grated the soap directly around the hardscape mostly, just a little bit around the plants, didn't want to worry about too much soap leeching into the soil. Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 11:30PM
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I just repelled a bunch of incredibly voracious rabbits with a recipe I found online.

Roughly, in a 1 gallon sprayer:
0.5 tablespoons Tabasco sauce
A little liquid soap to make it cling better
0.25 teaspoons Elmer's glue (optional) (to make it stick)

So far, the zinnia have gone from eaten to the ground to now regrowing for the fifth day.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 1:09AM
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davidrt28 (zone 7)

Yes if you want a "kind hearted" approach capsaicinoids are probably your best bet. Fencing that can stop rabbits is ugly and a nuisance to maintain for an ornamental garden; though probably essential in many places for a vegetable garden.

I'm not "kind hearted".

This post was edited by davidrt28 on Sun, Jul 6, 14 at 7:23

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 7:17AM
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I am using Liquid Fence. First off 1 week after the first application then monthly or after a very heavy rain. So far my new Knockout double red hedgerow is safe. It is pricy, $34 for 40 oz. The application rate is 8 oz/ gallon of water. One gallon covers all 24 plants. The 5 applications should last the season. I will try the tabasco and the garlic also.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 11:50AM
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I make up a repellant from a recipe someone gave me. She got the recipe from the link below. Basically you mix eggs, water, garlic powder, cayenne (or any hot pepper), and wilt-pruf. The important part, not clear in the recipes, is to let it stand in the sun for about a week. The eggs should be very smelly.

Supposedly rabbits and deer will not approach plants smelling of rotten eggs. The wilt-pruf helps the mix to stick to the plant leaves. If animals are desperate enough to try eating the plant despite the smell, the hot pepper and garlic should deter them.

The mix will not go through my sprayer. It clogs no matter how much I blend the ingredients. I use a watering can on a calm day. Once the stuff dries, it's good for a few weeks. It's a lot cheaper than the liquid fence or deer off commercial sprays. It smells ghastly, really gagworthy, for a couple of hours. Then I can't smell it, but the animals can.

I'm pouring it on everything that's been eaten by the rabbits. The deer are satisfied eating all our fruit and so far leave the plants alone. I don't think it works for our pack rat problem, but nothing does.

I'm also sprinkling used cat litter and using chicken wire cage on the most desirable plants. It doesn't make for the most appealing garden, but if I can get my plants through the young tender stage, I hope the older leaves aren't so attractive. We can only hope.


Here is a link that might be useful: homemade repellant

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 12:05PM
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So much for the dog suggestion. My Great Pyrenees loves bunnies.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 12:09PM
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Here is a method that works well for about two weeks or more, then reapplication is necessary according to
your rabbit population. Using these ingredients is relatively inexpensive and safe. The urine may
deter some, but I consider fresh human urine a free fertilizer. All three of these ingredients have a
powerful smell sending the rabbits hopping. After trying commercial products and wasting my
money have settled on this method:

Keep a container with a flip-open spout filled with garlic powder, ground Thai Hot Ornamental Peppers
and water. Any extremely pungent pepper will work. You need not have a high concentration, just a smelly
one. Store this tonic outside, e.g., garage or potting shed or the smell will knock you dead inside even will a sealed
flip top. Add a little of this mixture to a container of urine and drizzle on affected plants and grass. It may take a
few applications but works like nothing else. Again, this is not a permanent solution, you may need to reapply in a few

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 6:49PM
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jonijumpup(z5, GR MI)

so the aged urine etc will not harm plants like petunias or hosta??

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 9:08PM
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Why some of my Tomatoes plants leaves curing from top and some other which are planted 50' away from the first set are turning yellow? Please let me know,

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 1:30PM
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I just picked up a container of Animal B Gon 2 lb. All-Purpose Animal Repellent Granules by Ortho. I'm on the board of a 424 condo association with lots of greenbelts and the rabbits have been having a ball! It is made with essential oils and is safe for people, pets and plants. Delivers long-lasting and rain resistant performance. It sure is potent! Contains the oils of and smells like cinnamon, rosemary, Eucalyptus, peppermint and actually smells good! I'll report back after about 30 days and let you know how it works. I got mine at Home Depot, but am sure Lowes and other home and garden supply stores carry this also. $13.92

Here is a link that might be useful: Ortho Animal B Gon at Home Depot

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 5:59PM
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Does the animal B Gon really work?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 12:36PM
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Trim a thorny bush and put the clippings around the plants they are eating. The thorns stick them and they don't like it so they move on. Works for me. : )

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 1:48PM
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There used to be a family of foxes that lived in the field and woods behind us, and I NEVER saw a groundhog and only rarely glimpsed a rabbit. Sadly, they disappeared about 2/3 years and since then we've been over-run with both; a groundhog even had the audacity to move in under the front porch even with my dog (a border collie) barking from the window at it everyday. I let him pee at the entrances, spread his hair and poop around, sprayed fox pee, garlic/onion oil, ammonia-soaked rags in cans, spread mothballs... tried everything, and absolutely nothing could get it to leave! As it turned, he was a she, and had had babies, so that could have been why she stuck around. Once the babies were old enough she left and never came back.

Everything I mentioned is supposed to work on rabbits, but if they are really determined they're ignore it. My dog's killed groundhogs (and mice, a raccoon, possum, possibly a squirrel...), but the last one I called him off (a mistake on my part, he probably wouldn't have gotten scratched in the face if I'd not distracted him) and I let the groundhog go. It took it a couple of months, but now it's back digging under the fence again. To stop it, I put my dog's poop in the hole which seems to work. I've also been peeing in a cup and splashing in along the fence >_> which gets my dog to mark his territory there as well (prey species supposedly don't like ammonia, after all). It's also been working for the rabbits that were digging under the opposite corner of the fence. Mylar balloons and those shiny kid's windmills are supposed to work too, but looks kind of tacky.

My dog ain't just a hounddog, he ain't never caught a rabbit and he's still a friend of mine... but he's sure come close though, because he doesn't play their zigzag game and runs straight after them instead. Thankfully he leaves toads, snakes (

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 1:42PM
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ingrid_vc so. CA zone 9

I'm afraid shooting the rabbits is a lesson in futility; if it worked we wouldn't have a coyote population that is constantly increasing in spite of the numbers shot. Using a product that includes fox urine is very inhumane for the foxes used.

I grow mostly roses and use the method cremin mentions. It works very well and keeps the young plants safe. I know some rose lovers have their husbands urinate around their bushes (hopefully in the dark of night) and that seem to work.

I have another method that works, probably because the rabbit population is also kept down by the local coyotes. The ones that remain I feed dog food and rabbit food and they prefer that to the plants. They also always have a fresh water supply. They've become very tame and come running when they see us coming. We also have ground squirrels and they also are fed by us, and we have the fun of getting to know them without them destroying my plants. It may sound unorthodox, but the combination of thorny barriers and feeding them, along with predation by coyotes and botcats, has solved the problem. Obviously this is a solution for more rural areas where there are natural predators, unless you have a gung ho cat or dog.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 2:31PM
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Over here in Wisconsin we run into rabbits all the time and I have had trouble finding a fence that is visually appealing, maintenance free, easy to install, and affordable. A few years ago we decided to create 17 raised beds in our garden, and the original idea was to place chicken wire directly around each raised bed, but based on past experience I knew that having the fencing so close to the garden area makes working in the garden difficult and inefficient. Based on this I decided to enclose the entire garden area with a rabbit fence, leaving a 24â walkway between the beds and the fence allowing for greater mobility when working in the garden.

I did some research to try to find a fence that would fit into the visual aesthetic of our garden, and chicken wire was just too unsightly. Picket fences are visually appealing, but I was turned off by the substantial maintenance season after season. I decided to create my own fence that provided the qualities I was looking for: attractive, maintenance free, lightweight, easy to install and affordable. After doing much research I decided to use copper tubing (to avoid rusting and to match other lawn decorations). I also used polypropylene mesh netting that was designed for rabbit fencing. I created 30 panels that were of two different sizes (4âÂÂx2â or 2âÂÂx2âÂÂ). Creating these panels did not take too long and cost much less than what I had anticipated. From there I used rebar poles to easily install the panels around the garden, including the creation of a swing-gate that made accessing the garden easy! Installing the fence took me an afternoon and that included the trial and error of determining the best way to do it.

Because the fence has exceeded all my expectations, I want to share it with others! I have decided to make and sell the fence panels. Below is a link to the website I have created, and I would love to answer any questions you may have!

Here is a link that might be useful: Preassembled Rabbit Garden Fence

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 1:54PM
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I forgot to say, but if you applied anything chemical, (including garlic oil, blood, amonia, etc) it will get diluted/washed away with rain, so be sure to keep re-applying it.

Also, it helps to have these guys around:

(Click to embiggen.)

Red-tailed hawks and other raptors definitely love rabbits, although you may find yourself pitying the poor things if you ever hear them squeal and shriek and cry as the raptor's talons pierce their flesh. Not something you forget.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 12:51PM
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a2zmom(6a - nj)

Last summer I saw a hawk swoop down and make off with a young bunny. The hawk enjoyed its meal in the far corner of my neighbor's yard.

I thought it was fascinating. Circle of life and all that.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 10:00PM
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Liquid Fence works for me with rabbits in the garden. Only trouble is after rain have to respray.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 7:27PM
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Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 9:52AM
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Scarecrow Sprinkler. I originally put two out for deer and noticed it keeps rabbits, my dogs, etc. out of the garden. It has an electronic sensor that detects movement then activates a "pivot arm" adjustable sprinkler for 8 seconds. All you need is a hose, it is operated by a 9 volt battery which is supposed to last 2 months.

Just google it, they're available everywhere, Amazon, Ebay, etc.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 5:02PM
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My neighbor's yard is ground zero for rabbits around here. She works all day so they congregate in her back yard right out in the open. There are many very woodsy areas in my region, so most of the hawks and other predators aren't available for this bunch. Naturally, they do reproduce fast, and a bunch of them moved into my yard a few years ago. My dogs won't chase them, but they'll eat their litters - it's gross, but effective at least in controlling their numbers.

The front yard is another story. The dogs don't go there and the stupid rabbits are always killing tender young perennials almost the second they come up. I've had some luck with 1" chicken wire, but I have to make rings of it wide enough that the bunnies can't just eat through the spaces. I hold the wire down with garden staples and that seems to work until the plant has grown enough to tolerate some nibbling. It's not a solution, really, but it helps.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 1:32PM
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Interplant your tulips with live garlic cloves 3 inches away from your tulip bulbs in all 4 directions . It stops rabbits and squirrels.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 12:49PM
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Option 1
You can take 6 or 8 Habanero Peppers and 2 garlic cloves and mix with a quart of water and liquefy in the blender for 2 minutes. Let this liquid sit for 48 hours; then run through a coffee filter. Mix this 50:50 with apple cider vinegar and also add two cups of castor oil and a few drops of liquid dish soap. Place in a garden sprayer and spray all your plants. This will work for a few day, and must be reapplied.

Option 2
Get an appropriate sized have-a-heart trap at the hardware store and bait with corn. Once the rabbit is in the trap pull on welders gloves and remove rabbit from trap by the scruff of the neck. Whack it on the back of the head/neck with a hammer handle you also purchased at the hardware store. Skin, gut, wash, and wrap in butcher paper⦠place in freezer. Rabbit is the leanest non poultry meat!

Option 3
A 96 inch tall raised bed garden, planted indoors⦠behind a fence, a cat, and a dog.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 2:17AM
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Someone told me that if you plant onions mixed in wit the other plants & flowers, that the rabbits & deer will stay away. Has anyone had success with this method?

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 10:22AM
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Rabbits and deer will eat almost anything if they are desperate. Onions and garlic don't deter our wildlife, nor do most of the supposedly rabbit and deer proof plants. We've had rabbits graze garlic chives down to the roots.

We live on a acre of cactus, yucca, thistles and all kinds of thorny brambles. We also have hawks, owls and bobcats strolling through regularly. We have deer sleeping in front of the house, rabbits hopping from one plant to another, though all the spiky, thorny brush. So don't believe the stories that predators or spiky leaves or smelly plants will protect your garden from wildlife.

Commercial repellants are all based on bloodmeal or sulphurous eggs, and they are reputed to work, at least for a time. I make my own repellant - recipe is given earlier in this thread. I find this works but must be reapplied about once a month. I also use chicken wire cages around small plants. All of this is necessary when the animals have to eat or starve to death.


    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 2:27PM
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Rabbits are the sweetest and most adorable creatures in my garden. They are quiet, gentle, and never prey on other animals. I purposely grew my veggie garden for them to enjoy, as well as a waterfall to provide fresh water. I could never hurt any animal, let alone these beautiful little guys!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 11:57AM
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I, too, have rabbit problems. I do not recommend cats b/c if outdoors they are horrendous killers of birds whose populations are under serious threat. Anyone who really cares about the environment - not just their own garden - should keep cats inside.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 12:06PM
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For some limited success, go to your barber and get a bag of human hair. It seem to work a few days, but will need redone after a rain. Also, a 2 ft x 2" weave chicken wire works OK for a while but will not stop the babies from feasting. But by that time the beans and okra are a little too tall to matter.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 5:15PM
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