How to Naturally Repel Rabbits From Your Garden was created out of a simple question asked in a gardening group. I had no idea there were so many ways to keep rabbits from eating your hard-earned bounty.
What I loved about the solutions was that the gardeners decided to live in harmony with nature. They came up with creative ideas that would protect their produce yet cause no harm to the rabbits.
You go through all the hard work of dreaming up your perfect garden, and then you do the hard work of getting it to grow the ideal amount of fruit and vegetables, only to have it eaten up by rabbits and other critters. What’s a rabbit loving gardener to do?
Did you know that rabbits can have up to 4-6 litters per year? That’s a lot of rabbits to handle. On average, wild rabbits live 1-3 years.
Rabbits love to munch on many different types of vegetables and flowers. Their favorite plants are leafy greens, beans, carrots, beets, and young peas.
The crops that rabbits don’t enjoy are squash, cucumbers, peppers, corn, tomatoes, and potatoes.
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Here’s How to Naturally Repel Rabbits From Your Garden:
Rabbit Proof Fencing
Building the correct type of fencing is essential to keep all critters out of your garden. To keep pests out of your garden including deer, it’s best to build a 6-foot fence around your garden. If you’re just trying to keep rabbits out, your fence should be at least 3-feet tall.
Because rabbits will burrow under the fencing, you’ll want to dig a 12-inch trench around the fence line and add fencing. Make sure to angle the bottom 6-inch outward. After you add the fencing, fill in the ditch with dirt.
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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.
Create a second garden just for rabbits
This idea warmed my heart. Several people 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 vegetable patch alone.
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.
Motion activated sprinklers
Rabbits hate to get wet, so installing motion detector sprinklers will send them running. Here’s one of those sprinklers on Amazon.
Plants that repel rabbits
Some plants are a natural deterrent to rabbits. Rabbits have sensitive noses, so planting the right plants they dislike is an easy way to keep rabbits at bay.
- Heirloom French marigolds
- Mexican sage
- Shasta daisy
- Wormwood – one of the best plants to repel rabbits
Sprinkle a mixture of blood meal, ground black pepper, and a dash of cayenne pepper around the perimeter of the garden to repel rabbits. Blood meal contains a high percentage of element nitrogen, so take care not to put too much inside your garden.
Rabbits also don’t like wood ashes. If you have a fireplace that you regularly use, this would be an excellent inexpensive idea to try.
Sprinkle the wood ashes around the plants. You will have to add more ashes to deter rabbits after it rains because it will lose its effectiveness.
Motion and noise makers
Snakes are definitely something that rabbits are afraid of encountering. Rubber snakes are an inexpensive deterrent to try.
Tender saplings are one of the rabbits favorite things to munch on. To protect them, wrap the sapling with a plastic pipe or purchase a commercial wrap.
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