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Any new remedies for keeping rabbits out of the garden?

Posted by diginthedirt17 z5 IL (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 9, 08 at 1:01

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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RE: Any new remedies for keeping rabbits out of the garden?

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?


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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.
Kathy


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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


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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.


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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!


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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 biology..lol. Rabbit stew? What did Mr. McGregor do? Didn't he chase them with a shovel? lol

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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?


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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.


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Our dog keeps our neighbourhood rabbits off our property amazingly effectively.


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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!


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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.

Cameron


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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.


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


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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?


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


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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!
Rb


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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.

Molie


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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?


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


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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.

Molie


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gooood kitty.....


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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.


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


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wooden bamboo skewers with sharp point around plants you want to protect. One pinch and they won't be back!

Carrie


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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.


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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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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 http://www.gardenharvestsupply.com/product/plantskydd-rabbit-and-small-critter-repellent-1-lb-granular, I have also posted a link.

Good luck with the rabbits.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rabbit Repellant


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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


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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.


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