Keep Rabbits Out Of Your Garden: Tips & Tricks
By Tom Seest
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Garden rabbits can be a problem for gardeners, but you can get rid of them without resorting to harsh methods. There are a few options, such as catching and relocating the rabbits or using natural repellents and electric fencing. Using the right method will depend on the type of rabbit that you’re dealing with.
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If you don’t have a pet and are concerned about garden rabbits, you can use the catch-and-relocate approach to get rid of garden rabbit problems. This approach is more humane than using poisons, which are often useless. The best way to get rid of garden rabbits is to relocate them to other areas of the property, at least ten miles away.
Rabbits are active at dusk and dawn, and you can look for evidence of their presence by looking for damaged plants and trash cans. They also leave tracks in your garden and can be detected by the distinctive pattern of two long hind legs and two small dots on their front legs.
If you don’t have a garden or a yard full of rabbits, trapping is still an option. But be sure to set up the trap in a quiet place so as not to traumatize the animal. Then, carefully follow the rabbit’s behavior. You should use a tarp to keep it calm, as stress and trauma will decrease its chances of survival.
While rabbits are lovely creatures, they can cause damage to your garden and property. Their digging and eating plants can increase your repair costs, and they are also a threat to your property value. That’s why you need to find ways to get rid of garden rabbits that are humane and still ensure your pets’ safety.
Garden rabbits can wreak havoc on your garden if you don’t take a proactive approach to eradicating them. They can destroy your plants by nibbling on the bark. If you want to get rid of rabbits and protect your garden from diseases and parasites, you need to take a preventive approach. The best way to prevent garden rabbits is to use deterrents.
One deterrent is to put up scarecrows and owl statues. However, you should be aware that these methods may not be effective in areas where human activity is not permitted. Using scarecrows or a lifelike owl statue may not work if the rabbits are smart enough to recognize them as fakes. Another deterrent is a dog or a cat. Using these animals as deterrents may help keep rabbits away from your garden.
Another method to repel garden rabbits is to spray your plants with rabbit repellent. Using this method can help you repel rabbits, but it is important to spray the area where they are most likely to enter. You can also use motion-activated sprays. However, you must make sure that the rabbit repellent is not harmful to humans and household pets.
Another way to prevent rabbits is to plant plants that are unappealing to rabbits. Planting plants that cottontails don’t like will help discourage them from invading your garden. Plants that rabbits don’t like are sweet alyssum, begonias, and vincas. They will move around these plants and ignore the barriers.
Garden rabbits can be a real pest in some areas. Fortunately, there are many natural repellents you can use to get rid of them. These repellents can be made at home and are safe for all types of plants. Some of the ingredients you can use to make your own repellent are chili powder, dish soap, garlic, and water. Mix the ingredients together and shake it well before using.
Another natural repellent is vinegar. Vinegar has an unpleasant smell that makes rabbits flee. You can dilute it with water and spray it around plants or on rabbits. Another effective repellent is corncobs soaked in vinegar. This will make them last longer as a deterrent to rabbits.
Besides vinegar, you can also mix a few drops of hot sauce and crushed red pepper in a jug. This solution should be applied around your garden every five days. Remember to reapply it after heavy rain to keep rabbits away. If you’d prefer a more permanent solution, you can plant onions around your favorite trees.
Human hair is another effective repellent that rabbits dislike. If you don’t want to purchase a repellent, you can get hair clippings from a hair salon and scare the rabbits away. You’ll also want to keep your garden and lawn in good shape. Cinnamon is another great repellent, but be sure to use ground cinnamon instead of the sticks, which have less oil.
If you have a problem with garden rabbits, electrical fencing can be an effective solution. Simply bury the lower portion of your electric fence at least 3 to 6 inches deep to discourage the rabbits from digging underneath. Ensure that you have plenty of soil around the bottom of the fence, and check it frequently for holes. Once it is buried, the rabbits will no longer have access to the yard.
If you use an electric fence, make sure the wires are three to four inches above the ground. If you have an area that is larger than a few square feet, you can use an electrified plastic net or double-strand electric fencing. The wires should be installed three to four inches above the ground and eight to 12 inches above. This method will be less expensive than using hardware cloth and is effective in preventing rabbits from damaging the fence.
Electric fences are easy to install. The most important consideration during the design phase is the type of animal you’d like to deter. This will affect the number of strands you need to cover your entire area, the spacing between them, and the power of the charger. A low-to-mid-level electric fence will be effective for rabbits and squirrels, but deer require taller fences that have seven to nine wires and wide spacing.
The wires used in electric fencing should be very strong. This type of fencing is suitable for garden areas that are large and have lots of bushes or flowerbeds. However, it can be vulnerable to chewing wire and electric netting. Therefore, it is advisable to use a type of wire that is resistant to rabbit chewing.
While garden rabbits are not as destructive as other animals, they can still destroy your plants. If you have plants growing in your garden, you may want to inspect them regularly for signs of damage. Rabbits tend to prefer plants that are young and tender. They also avoid strong-smelling plants.
While it’s possible to ward off rabbits with a few precautions, the most important thing is to understand how these creatures behave. While they are primarily herbivores, their sharp teeth can cause damage to your plants. When they feed, they leave clean cuts in your plants. Some plants are a major attraction to rabbits, such as Swiss chard, pepper seedlings, and Swiss chard. Although many gardeners swear by various home remedies to keep garden rabbits away, these don’t work in every situation. You can try using repellents or cutting down vegetation.
You can use mothballs to scare off rabbits, but this method doesn’t work for large areas. The chemicals in mothballs contain insecticides that are harmful to plants. They may also harm young humans and wildlife. Regardless of which method you choose, make sure it’s a humane solution. If you can’t find a way to trap and release the rabbits, consider using motion-activated sprays.
Using physical barriers is also a good way to prevent rabbits from entering your garden. Keep in mind that picket fences won’t work because rabbits have a habit of digging holes. The barriers you put up should be at least 6 inches below the ground level. You can also install motion-activated sprinklers to send the rabbits running away from the yard.
Rabbits are a big nuisance when it comes to your garden. They love vegetables, particularly carrots. They also enjoy bugs, like earthworms. They can make a home in small holes, which can be difficult to clean. These animals are prolific breeders, with up to six litters per year. This means you could end up with 36 baby rabbits in one year!
One way to deter these creatures is to use garlic spray. Rabbits have a very strong sense of smell, and they’ll be put off by the smell of garlic. This spray can work well in many situations. It works by mimicking the smell and taste of rotten eggs.
Another method is to make an egg-garlic solution and spray it around the plants. The smell of eggs is also a big deterrent for rabbits. Add a little garlic powder to the egg to make a spray. Whisk the solution until the ingredients are well blended.
Garlic spray is an organic deterrent and works against many pests, including rabbits. It’s safe for plants and won’t harm your animals, making it a great option for garden rabbit control.
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