The Q&A Archives: rabbitt

Question: What can I put around my plants and flowers that won't harm a rabbit?

Answer: I wish there were a list of rabbit-proof plants, but none exists. However, there are a number of animal repellent sprays that would help deter rabbits from eating the flowers. Try 'Get Away' or 'Deer Away'. 'Deer Away' is efffective in deterring both deer and rabbits and lasts 7-10 days without washing off. Natural scent repellents such as coyote and fox urine are also available. Or, you might try fencing the garden. 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. Consider also interplanting your flowers 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. Good luck with your garden!

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