Not all rabbits as are cute and witty as Bugs Bunny. They can become pests when they get into your garden and begin to eat your vegetables and/or flowers. Not many other mammals are more dreaded to a gardener then rabbits, especially a gardener with a vegetable garden. Although they are cute cuddly and furry, they can also become a serious nuisance. Below you will find some quick tips on keeping these furry little eating machines at bay.
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Make a perimeter. A fence or some other barrier is one of the most effective ways to keep your garden safe from the foraging herd. A plain chicken wire fence should do. Make this about 2 1/2-feet high and more importantly, bury the bottom several inches into the ground. This will keep the rabbits from coming in through by burrowing under the fence.
Spray vinegar, hot pepper flakes or a chili pepper on the leaves of your garden plants to dissuade rabbits from munching on the veggies.
Plant a patch of clover or wild Plantains. Rabbits love to munch on these edibles and may leave your garden alone.
Constructing raised garden beds, and as little as 18 inches can do the trick, to discourage rabbits from entering your garden.
If you are still having problems go with a live trap. Place the trap near low lying shrubbery and bait with some rabbit treats like apples. Make sure you check the rabbit traps at least once a day to ensure the safety of the rabbit. Once trapped, they can be transported to the neighborhood park and allowed to go free.
Tips & Warnings
- If you use deterrents such as kitty litter or other hazardous materials always make sure to not put them near plants that YOU will be consuming (or anyone else for that matter).
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