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Defend Your Yard From Pesky Rabbits

By Tom Seest

Are You Struggling with Rabbit Invasions?

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Whether your yard is fully fenced or just a part of it, you should know how to keep rabbits out of it. There are several options, including trapping, chicken wire, Ultrasonic devices, and plants. If none of these options work, you may want to consider hiring a professional to do it for you.

Are You Struggling with Rabbit Invasions?

Are You Struggling with Rabbit Invasions?

How Effective Are Predator Marks?

The first thing you need to do is make your fenced yard unattractive to rabbits. Unlike other animals, they are very untrained when it comes to identifying which plants and trees are poisonous. This can make them very vulnerable to attacks from predators and can even result in the death of the animals. There are a few ways to do this.
If you have a large fenced yard, you can consider adding some natural deterrents such as mint. Mint repels rabbits and squirrels, and it spreads like a weed. For best results, plant mint in a container and bury it in the soil. Also, remember that rabbits need water to survive and will roam in the wilderness to find it. If you have open fountains, kiddie pools, or birdbaths, you may attract rabbits to them.
You can also use dummies as predator marks to scare rabbits away. Make sure the dummy looks scary. The eyes should be wide open and the mouth should be open. The predator dummies can be tied to trees or other areas in the yard. The natural breeze will move them around, but rabbits will still be able to spot them.

How Effective Are Predator Marks?

How Effective Are Predator Marks?

What Makes Chicken Wire such an Effective Rabbit Deterrent?

One of the easiest ways to keep rabbits out of a fenced yard is to install chicken wire. This cheap material is flimsy, but it keeps rabbits and baby bunnies out. Before erecting your fence, plan the area. Dig a trench that is nine to ten feet deep and place the T Posts every six to 10 feet along the fence line. This will keep the wire taut and prevent rabbits from digging under the fence.
Chicken wire can be purchased in different sizes and gauges. Choose a wire with a mesh size of one inch or smaller, as larger mesh sizes make it easy for rabbits to worm through the wire. Cut the chicken wire into smaller pieces to avoid gaps between each panel. After installing the fence, you may want to lay it out with wire cutters. You can do this in sections, or in one large installation.
If you have a wooden fence, it’s advisable to put chicken wire over it. This type of material is less likely to break or be chewed through than metal, making it a good choice for a rabbit barrier. Make sure you bury the wire at least three to six inches in the ground and far enough away from the plantings to prevent rabbits from digging underneath the fence.

What Makes Chicken Wire such an Effective Rabbit Deterrent?

What Makes Chicken Wire such an Effective Rabbit Deterrent?

What Makes Ultrasonic Devices So Effective?

If you have a fenced yard, ultrasonic devices may be a good option. These devices produce an ultrasonic sound that scares off rabbits. The sound is so high that they can’t be heard by humans, but they are very loud for animals. These devices will keep rabbits away from your yard, but they won’t harm people or dogs.
Ultrasonic devices are simple devices that emit sounds that are unheard by humans, but which are heard by rabbits and other four-legged animals. These devices require little maintenance and are easy to install. Some even run on solar power, so they don’t require batteries.
Ultrasonic devices are a more humane alternative to killing rabbits. They produce sounds that make rabbits flee and run for cover. Rabbits don’t like the sound of these devices, and they can cause harm to gardens and flowers. Aside from using these devices, you can also use plain chicken-wire fencing to keep rabbits away.
Another option to deter rabbits is the use of fungicide sprays. Fungicide sprays contain a chemical called thiram that repels rabbits. However, thiram is toxic to people and animals. Therefore, you shouldn’t use it on your edible plants, but it is effective on ornamental plants.

What Makes Ultrasonic Devices So Effective?

What Makes Ultrasonic Devices So Effective?

How Can You Safeguard Your Garden From Hungry Bunnies?

There are no rabbit-proof plants, but there are ways to keep them from entering your yard. You can use rabbit repellent, which is available in spray and granular form. Apply it to the ground around the plants and before sundown to prevent rabbits from entering. This repellent may cause scarring on leaves and can cause rabbits to stop feeding.
Rabbits are voracious eaters. The damage they do to your plants will look like they snipped them with pruning shears. Rabbits also like to gnaw on low branches and bark. In addition, they will also chew on plants, hoses, and raised bed containers. Most gardeners would not want to harm rabbits, but there are methods to keep rabbits away without hurting them.
Rabbits prefer enclosed spaces. You can keep them out of your yard by fencing it off. Bunnies are unable to jump very high, so your fence should be around two feet tall. You also need to bury the fence’s top six inches in the ground to keep rabbits from climbing it.

How Can You Safeguard Your Garden From Hungry Bunnies?

How Can You Safeguard Your Garden From Hungry Bunnies?

How Can Murray the Rabbit Outsmart Your Tree Guards?

Tree guards can be effective deterrents for rabbits that may enter a fenced yard. You can buy commercially available tree guards made of aluminum, nylon mesh wrapping, or treated jute cardboard. You can also make homemade tree guards using aluminum foil and jute bags.
Rabbits are often attracted to ornamental plants and can damage the bark of trees and shrubs. To protect your prized plants, you can install rabbit-proof fencing. The fence should be high enough to prevent rabbits from climbing over it. The height should be 24 to 36 inches. You can also install U-shaped anchor pins underneath your fence to keep rabbits from crawling underneath it. Small trees should also be protected by spiral tree guards.
Another way to keep rabbits away from your yard is to use a motion-activated sprinkler. The sprinklers will not attract rabbits, but they will keep other pests away. You can also wrap smaller plants in plant cages. Chicken wire and welded wire are also excellent options for protecting small plants. If you have larger trees or shrubs, consider using tree guards to protect them.
You can also try netting or chicken wire to protect garden plants. These materials will deter rabbits from chewing on garden plants, as well as from entering the yard. Rabbits also like to chew on bark, and can destroy a young tree in no time. You can also protect your potted plants by placing mulch around them.

How Can Murray the Rabbit Outsmart Your Tree Guards?

How Can Murray the Rabbit Outsmart Your Tree Guards?

How Can You Outsmart Those Pesky Rabbits?

Cylinders to keep rabbits out of your fenced yard are an easy way to protect your garden and other areas from the pesky creatures. You can create these fences using poultry netting or welded wire with 1-to-2-inch mesh, and place them 30 inches high or 6 inches below the ground. Make sure that the cylinders are secure by placing stakes or wooden spreaders under them. You can also install smaller-mesh wire and anchor it with lath.
You can also use hardware cloth or wire mesh to protect young trees and shrubs. Just make sure that the wire mesh extends a few inches from the tree trunk. For extra protection, you can also place putrescent whole-egg solids around the tree’s base, about two to three inches above ground level. This will help reduce the amount of nibbling that rabbits do. A strong odor may also repel rabbits.
A woven wire fence is another effective way to keep rabbits out. Rabbits cannot climb over it, so it is important to build a sturdy fence with a one-inch mesh. It is also important to use welded wire for additional protection because it will be in place longer.

How Can You Outsmart Those Pesky Rabbits?

How Can You Outsmart Those Pesky Rabbits?

How Can Murray the Rabbit Outsmart Your Tree Guards? protect plants from rabbits

Tree guards are a great way to keep rabbits and other animals out of your garden. These simple and effective barriers are made from strong UV-stabilised polypropylene mesh and do not have any sharp edges. You can install one of these tree guards by using two bamboo or hardwood stakes. Another inexpensive option is to use cardboard milk carton tree guards, which are made from surplus milk cartons. These are biodegradable and provide adequate air flow around tree trunks.
The most vulnerable plants to rabbit damage are small evergreens and other trees with smooth bark and thin leaves. Flowering quince, crabapple, cottonwood, juniper, honey locust, roses, barberry, blueberry, and small trees are also susceptible. However, nearly all small trees can be damaged by rabbits, especially during the winter months when food sources are scarce.
Rabbits damage trees and shrubs by feeding on the inner bark layers. When the bark is damaged, water cannot flow around the trunk. Without proper protection, the stems of trees and shrubs can die. However, in some cases, the damaged stems can recover.

How Can Murray the Rabbit Outsmart Your Tree Guards? protect plants from rabbits

How Can Murray the Rabbit Outsmart Your Tree Guards? protect plants from rabbits

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