The Q&A Archives: Rabbits eating everything

Question: I love to watch the rabbits play BUT they have eaten to the soil every hosta, fern and most perennials I have planted including branches off a small redbud. Is there anything I can do? I have sprinkled cayenne pepper but with all the rain we've had it's a mute point. Any ideas will be much appreciated.
Thanks, Joan

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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