How to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden Naturally

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How to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden Naturally was created out of a simple question asked in a gardening group I belong to.  I had no idea there were so many ways to keep those pesky vegetable lovers from eating your hard-earned bounty.  I knew you would love to know the answers too.

“A garden is a grand teacher.  It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gretrude Jekyll

What I loved about the solutions, was that the gardeners decided to live in harmony with nature.  They came up with creative solutions that would protect their bounty, yet cause no harm to the rabbits.

Here’s How to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden Naturally: 

  • 1) Plant clover.

What several of the group members found helpful was to plant clover in their yard.  They found that the rabbits loved the clover and left the garden alone.

2) Solar electric fence. 

I didn’t even know a solar electric fence existed until someone suggested it in the group.  I found one on Amazon here.  

Reviews show that buyers loved the ease of this idea.

3) Second garden.  

This idea warmed my heart.  There were several people who created two different vegetable gardens, one for nature and the other one for them.   They fenced their garden, but left the other one open.  The animals were happy to munch on their own personal buffet and left the other garden alone.

4) Dog and human hair.  

Both human and dog hair deters rabbits from the garden.  Simply mix the hair with straw and distribute it along the perimeter of the garden.

Ask your salon or groomer for excess hair to use in this idea.

5) Motion activated sprinklers.  

Rabbits hate to get wet, so installing motion detective sprinklers will send them running. Here’s the best-selling brand on Amazon.  

6) Plants that deter rabbits.  

There are some plants that are a natural deterrent to rabbits.   Rabbits have sensitive noses, so planting the right plants that they dislike is an easy way to keep rabbits at bay.

Lavender, Ageratum, Campanula, Impatiens, Forget-Me-Nots, geraniums, onions,  peppermint, Heirloom French marigolds, Mexican sage, shasta daisy, rosemary, ferns and Verbena.

7) Repellant spray.  

One garden member had success making a hot pepper repellant spray.

8) Special fencing.  

Burying your fencing one foot down into the ground will help prevent critters from tunneling under the fence.

9) Blood meal.  

Sprinkle blood meal around the perimeter of the garden.  It contains a high percentage of element nitrogen, so take care not to put too much inside your garden.

10) Motion and noise makers.

Hang aluminum pie pans from string and place stick wind mills around your garden area to create motion and sound that will scare the rabbits away.

11) Hardware cloth fence.

Use hardware cloth fencing to keep unwanted critters away from your harvest.  You can find some here on Amazon.  

We’ve reached the end of How to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden Naturally.  

I hope you were inspired by a few of the ideas listed.  Let me know in the comments below if you tried any of these solutions and how they worked for you.  If you have an idea that isn’t listed, I would love to hear about that as well.

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These are great tips, Kelly! 🙂 There are a ton of rabbits in my area, and I’ve tried a few of these methods. I also write or a company called Predator Guard, and their all natural repellent spray works great.


There is a spray called Bobbex for deer and rabbits. It is enviromentaly friendly and it works very well. I have been a landscape gardener for many years and when I discovered Bobbex I found it to be more effective than anything else I had ever tried.


In my flower planters I use moth balls. The flowers
I plant are begonias. Works for me.


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