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How to Keep Bunnies Out!

By Tom Seest

Are Rabbits Ruining Your Garden?

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Bunnies may not look bad to you, but they can be harmful to your yard if you don’t know what they do to it. Their urine contains nitrogen, an essential element for a healthy garden, but too much nitrogen can harm your grass. The nitrogen reacts with grass, leaving brown spots. This is known as bunny burn. You can tell that this is happening when the grass has a strong ammonium smell.

Are Rabbits Ruining Your Garden?

Are Rabbits Ruining Your Garden?

What’s Lurking in Your Backyard?

To repel bunnies, you can use natural repellents that you can spray around your garden. You should choose the repellent based on the area of the garden where you’d like to prevent bunnies from entering. Make sure to spray at least two feet above ground level. Also, make sure to spray the leaves and flowers of plants that will be impacted by rabbit activity. The repellents should be applied every few days and after heavy rains.
One of the most effective repellents for bunnies is garlic. This smells extremely offensive to the sensitive noses of rabbits. Another good repellent is Irish spring soap. This repellent has a strong smell and is rainproof. Bunnies and other animals will not go near it.
If you live in a colder climate, you may want to use granular repellents instead. Liquid repellents can be difficult to apply in cold climates, and granular repellents are better at creating a barrier around plants. The granular repellents are also a good option for protecting your vegetable garden, ground cover, pathways, and burrows.
You can also create a homemade repellent for bunnies by using common household items. Ingredients like red pepper flakes and garlic will deter the bunnies from visiting your garden. This repellent is not harmful for the environment, and won’t harm your plants. It’s also an inexpensive and easy way to protect your garden from rabbits.

What's Lurking in Your Backyard?

What’s Lurking in Your Backyard?

What Lures Are Most Effective?

If you want to trap a rabbit in your yard, there are several humane options. One of these is a cage trap that uses bait. Bunnies are naturally attracted to food, and they are not likely to escape from these traps. Alternatively, you can use a live trap.
The best time to trap a rabbit is in the winter. This is when they are less active and will not be as likely to damage your property. Using a humane trap is not only good for the environment, but it can also help reduce the rabbit population. You should follow the instructions carefully and check your trap frequently to make sure the rabbit is trapped. Remember to wear gloves when releasing the trapped rabbit.
Predators love rabbits, and you should be careful not to leave a dead rabbit lying around. This will attract other predators. Using a life-size inflatable hawk, falcon, or owl may scare off the rabbit. These inflatable predators should have a bulging eye, a spread wing, and open mouths.
Another good method of rabbit control is using coffee grounds around your garden. Its smell will help deter the animals. You can purchase coffee grounds at your local grocery store. Putting them in a bowl around your garden can help repel rabbits. However, it may take some time for the trap to work. If this method does not work, you may also use common home remedies. Fresh garlic has an unpleasant smell that rabbits find offensive. You can use garlic in many different ways around your yard to deter them.

What Lures Are Most Effective?

What Lures Are Most Effective?

How can Sarah’s garden thrive?

If you are considering planting tall trees in your yard, you should know that rabbits are not good for your trees. Rabbits will kill young plants and remove bark from larger trees. They can also cause damage to older trees. Luckily, there are many ways to protect your trees from rabbits.
If you have a small garden, you can use a wire fence to protect your plants from rabbits. You will need at least three feet of fence, several wood stakes, and a pack of reusable zip ties. Put the wire fencing around your shrubs and leave several inches around them. Then, overlap the ends of the fence and secure them to the wood stake with cable ties.

How can Sarah's garden thrive?

How can Sarah’s garden thrive?

How Can You Protect Your Plants from Bunny Damage?

You should be aware that rabbits are bad for your evergreen bushes. They feed on the tender green shoots and can gnaw them all the way down to the ground. They may also gnaw away at the stems and larger branches of shrubs. The wood of these plants can be marked with teeth marks, and you can even see rabbit trails in the wintertime.
One way to deter rabbits is to create a rabbit fence around your shrubs. You’ll need wire fencing about three feet tall, a pack of cable ties, and a wooden stake. Once you’ve created the fence, make sure it completely encircles your shrubs and leaves a couple of inches around the perimeter. You’ll also need to make sure that the fence overlaps the end of the shrub and that it’s attached to the wood stake with cable ties.
Rabbits are particularly destructive to newly planted trees and bushes. They clip small branches and buds and even girdle larger trees. This damage is especially detrimental to young trees until the bark develops a thick layer of protection. Some types of trees are particularly prone to rabbit damage, including the autumn olive, Cotoneaster, and Euonymus. The Redcedar tree and Juniper tree are less susceptible to damage.

How Can You Protect Your Plants from Bunny Damage?

How Can You Protect Your Plants from Bunny Damage?

How Can You Protect Your Garden from Pesky Pests?

While you may think bunnies are bad for your yard, you can actually encourage them to eat more vegetables and fruits. By scattering your scraps around the yard, you can encourage them to eat more vegetables, fruits, and grass. Besides, bunnies will avoid eating vegetables that attract predators, such as onions and garlic. Wild rabbits do not have such restrictions, so you can safely let them forage in your yard.
However, there are some precautions that you should take to avoid this. First, keep in mind that bunnies are very destructive pests. They can eat your homegrown food crops, as well as damage other plants and household items. Moreover, rabbits often chew on plants and other plants, especially the young ones with smooth bark and tender shoots. Therefore, if you don’t want your vegetables and fruits to be damaged by bunnies, make sure you place them in a place that is resistant to rabbit damage.
Another tip for reducing the number of rabbits in your yard is to plant wildflowers on the lawn. Bunnies love to eat dandelions, and clover is also nutritious for them. Also, you can let your lawn grow longer without mowing it frequently.

How Can You Protect Your Garden from Pesky Pests?

How Can You Protect Your Garden from Pesky Pests?

How Can You Protect Your Garden from Cottontail Rabbits?

Cottontail rabbits are pests in your yard that can spread disease. You can control them by using traps. Make the door of the trap 7 inches tall and bait it with fresh carrots, lettuce, apples, and clover. Cottontail rabbits don’t typically do much damage in your yard, but you can reduce the damage they cause by controlling their population.
You can also use a natural repellent to keep the rabbits away. These are available at most grocery stores. However, you must be consistent in applying the repellent, or the rabbits will become accustomed to it. Some natural repellents are soapy water, vinegar, cayenne pepper, and coyote urine.
You can also use a garlic-vinegar spray to keep rabbits away. To make this spray, fill an empty spray bottle with a half-and-half solution of vinegar and water. Then, add two teaspoons of minced garlic and shake the container. You can then spray the affected area with this mixture. Remember, the vinegar and garlic may damage the plants, so you should be very careful when spraying it.
Another way to keep rabbits out of your yard is to seal off holes. Rabbits don’t like to move far from their shelters, so make sure that these places are sealed off. Rabbits are attracted to tight places and will breed there.

How Can You Protect Your Garden from Cottontail Rabbits?

How Can You Protect Your Garden from Cottontail Rabbits?

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