The Q&A Archives: Rabbits!

Question: Live on Cape Cod, which is overrun with BOLD rabbits. Not even afraid of my dog. Have used coyote urine and Liquid Fence with no success. Help!

Answer: Some people have luck with the repellents and others haven't. They do wear off and need to be reapplied, so it's not a one-time solution. You could put chicken wire around plants while they establish and then remove it after a year or two. When young plants get gnawed to the ground and are without foliage to photosynthesize, they die, but after the plant gets big enough, a little gnawing around the edges won't hurt it, and of course, the rabbits can only reach so high. I know these aren't perfect solutions, but unfortunately for gardeners, when it comes to rabbits, there's alot of trial and error. The bottom line is, that if an animal is hungry and thirsty enough, it will eat anything, and the only surefire method is a fence. Good luck with your garden!

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