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Effective Strategies for Rabbit-Proofing Your Yard

By Tom Seest

Need Help Protecting Your Yard From Rabbits?

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To deter rabbits from your yard, plant decoys or scarecrows. You can even use a fox or hawk decoy to scare them away. As rabbits are afraid of predators, they will typically run away to a safe place if they sense an approaching animal. You can also scare rabbits away by introducing real predators in your yard, such as a fox or coyote.

Need Help Protecting Your Yard From Rabbits?

Need Help Protecting Your Yard From Rabbits?

How can Bob help protect your plants?

Using plants that repel rabbits is a great way to protect your flowerbeds. These pests don’t like the taste or smell of certain plants, so you can choose plants that have these traits to deter them from entering your yard. Some of the best plants to use are perennial flowers with strong scents or those that are highly textured. There are many rabbit-repellent plants available in most temperate regions, including flowering perennials and tall shrubs. There’s a plant to fit every situation and style of garden.
Besides destroying plants, rabbits will also eat plants in your yard. Try growing these plants in the shade. They will grow better in dappled shade and need a good amount of organic matter. They also have a pungent smell that repels rabbits.

How can Bob help protect your plants?

How can Bob help protect your plants?

What Are the Best Rabbit-Repellent Plants?

Lavender is a popular plant that repels rabbits from yards. It is a well-drained perennial that can survive in any soil type. Its foliage is evergreen, and it tolerates low winter temperatures. It also produces bright orange blooms in summer. It is one of the most effective flowers to keep rabbits away from your garden.
Euphorbia milli is another perennial that is highly resistant to rabbit damage. The leaves and flowers of this plant are poisonous to the rabbits, so they are unattractive to them. This plant is native to Madagascar and is a great choice to repel rabbits from your yard. Plant it in a sunny location with good drainage. It needs four to six hours of sun each day to thrive.

What Are the Best Rabbit-Repellent Plants?

What Are the Best Rabbit-Repellent Plants?

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