The Q&A Archives: Rabbits!

Question: I've tried the repellent sprays - they only work a little while. I had a house rabbit years ago who LOVED to lick the Cayenne Pepper spray off the wall - so much for that idea. The rabbits around here even eat the tulips and mint! And they ate my little Oak Tree! They don't eat the garlic but will eat the vegetable next to it. I've had good luck with daisies though and butterfly bushes and lavendar. They don't eat the dusty miller (but that it will kill some flowers if you plant it next to them). Someone at another garden store ASSURED ME that rabbits wouldn't eat phlox -- it didn't even last a full day before it was gone. They loved it! They love Rosemary but haven't bothered the Lemon Balm or Sage.

Answer: Bunnies can be a real problem in the garden and the only really effective way to protect your plants is to fence them in. To be most effective, a 1" chicken wire fence needs to be 2 feet high and buried at least 6 inches deep around your flowers.
There are a number of animal repellent sprays that you may not have tried: 'Get Away' and 'Deer Away' are available from Home Depot. 'Deer Away' is efffective in deterring deer and rabbits and lasts 7-10 days without washing off. Natural scent repellents such as coyote and fox urine are also available. You might also consider interplanting with garlic, onions, Mexican marigold or Dusty Miller. Bunnies tend not to like their aroma. You can try to scare rabbits from your garden by burying empty pop bottles with the tops poking up a few inches above the ground. The eerie whistle that results when the wind blows can scare them away. Sprinkling blood meal, ground hot peppers or human or dog hair around plants is also sometimes effective.

Best wishes with your garden!

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