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How to Repel Rabbits From Your Garden Naturally

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.  

Other ways to help you manage your garden, you can find solutions on pest control with How to Grow an Insect Repellent Garden and here’s Gardening for Beginners – Tips and Tricks 

How to Repel Rabbits from Your Garden Naturally - Wild Rabbit in bushes

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?

How to Keep Rabbits out of Your Garden - photo of tender greens growing in a garden.

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.   

You could also look into solar electric fencing.  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.

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.

Natural Pest Control for Rabbits - Plant own garden - tops of carrots growing in the garden

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.

  • Lavender
  • Ageratum
  • Campanula
  • Impatiens
  • Forget-Me-Nots
  • Geraniums
  • Onions
  • Peppermint
  • Heirloom French marigolds
  • Mexican sage
  • Shasta daisy
  • Rosemary
  • Ferns
  • Verbena
  • Wormwood – one of the best plants to repel rabbits

Blood meal 

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.

Wood ashes

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

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

Fake snakes

Snakes are definitely something that rabbits are afraid of encountering. Rubber snakes are an inexpensive deterrent to try.

Protect saplings

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.

We’ve reached the end of How to Naturally Repel Rabbits From Your Garden.   I hope you enjoyed it. 

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Let me know in the comments below what your favorite ways are to keep rabbits out of your yard. 

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Thanks for stopping by.  I’m so happy you found us!  

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Jackie Hughes

Monday 17th of May 2021

I planted tickseed in my garden this year, but noticed that shortly after the buds open up the flowers disappear. It appears that only the flowers are eaten, so I believe that the culprit is a rabbit. I've been researching what I can do to keep the rabbits from eating my flowers and noticed that you mentioned that there are some plants that rabbits aren't attracted to. You listed lavendar as a deterrent but just this morning I saw a rabbit practically lounging in my lavendar plant. It looked like he was rubbing his face in it! I think I will try using the pepper spray and a rubber snake...

Carolyn

Monday 8th of April 2019

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

Jane

Monday 25th of March 2019

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.

Kelly

Monday 25th of March 2019

Hello Jane! Thanks so much for letting everyone know. Kelly

Victoria

Saturday 16th of February 2019

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.

Kelly

Saturday 16th of February 2019

Hello Victoria ! I will check out your product and see how it works. Thanks, Kelly

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