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Name: Charlie Burnham
Cypress, Tx. 77429 (Zone 9a)
Cburnham
Sep 12, 2015 3:48 PM CST
We think rabbits r eating our small ornamental rose bushes and r purple hostas! How can we get rid of these cute rabbits?

Also, something is eating holes inside of the leaves of r lime green hostas. We live in North West Texas. Any idea what pest we r dealing with?
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 12, 2015 4:53 PM CST
Short answer: Fencing.

Longer answer:
When a furry bunny is a pet it's cute; when it invades your space and destroys plants, it's vermin. I used to raise rabbits to sell; feral domestic rabbits are a whole different thing. Uncontrolled, rabbits multiply, cause damage, attract preditors and spread disease.
(I sound like Little Miss Sunshine, don't I? *Blush* )
You can wait for natural control such as owls, cats, dogs, foxes, etc. to fix the problem. Sorry to say that in the meantime proper fencing is the only solution I would offer.

Here are a couple of places where folks have discussed...or were disgusted by...rabbits.
The thread "An Attack in the Dark" in Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum
http://garden.org/thread/view_post/670939/

I ranted about feral domestic rabbits a while back in my blog,
http://garden.org/blogs/view/greene/?offset=10
It's the one titled: "Armadillo on ice" Posted on Aug 8, 2014 10:11 AM
That was a year ago and the rabbit problem is still with us here in our neighborhood. Sad
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 12, 2015 6:55 PM CST
We had a bunny find our veggie garden at the school last fall. We're hoping he doesn't come back and maybe hasn't hatched a whole family over the summer. We added 'rabbit fencing' to the inside of our pretty white picket fence (that did nothing to keep out the rabbit). It seems to have worked, but we'll see. We're about to start planting again this week.

Lowe's sells green plastic coated rabbit fencing in 25ft. rolls. It's quite attractive, or at least inconspicuous, and if you just want a temporary fence you can throw into place very quickly, it's a good answer. You can cut it to lengths with wire cutters or snips, and just fold the cut ends around the verticals to make circular 'pens' around the plants you want to protect.

You'll probably need to fasten it into the ground with tent pegs or some sort of ground staples to keep the bunnies from burrowing under it. A sprinkle of scent deterrent in the few places the bunny found a big enough gap in our fence stopped them from coming in. The granular scent deterrent all by itself didn't do much to slow him down. Scarecrows and motion reflectors also didn't last - he figured out that they were not dangerous pretty quick.
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 12, 2015 9:55 PM CST
We tried putting human hair around the perimeter of the garden fenced with rabbit wire, plus we allowed the dogs to urinate along the fence line.
Opened the secure gate and what's inside the garden? A feral rabbit. Nothing scares them.
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Name: Heath
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plantcollector
Sep 12, 2015 10:25 PM CST
A couple of outside cats will do the trick Whistling unfortunately a bad side effect is they like birds too
Name: Charlie Burnham
Cypress, Tx. 77429 (Zone 9a)
Cburnham
Sep 13, 2015 2:20 PM CST
Thanks to all for your great suggestions. We've tried soaking a rag in vinegar and putting it around the plant, but that didn't work. I think we'll try the rabbit fencing next!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 13, 2015 9:01 PM CST
And Rat Terriers are a big help in controlling all of the smaller fur bearing critters, including the rabbits.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 13, 2015 10:25 PM CST
Fencing is really the only way to deter rabbits -- cats and rat terriers notwithstanding. And for holes in hosta -- likely slugs, so consider using something like Sluggo around your plants.

The rabbits don't seem to burrow under the fencing, at least in our garden; we have a fence around our garden made of panels of "rabbit fence" wire and 2x4's, and it totally keeps them out. and for other plants, like grape vines, we make "cages" of the same rabbit fence to discourage the little bunnies.
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Name: stone
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Sep 14, 2015 11:35 AM CST
Really depends on how many plants you're trying to protect...
Used to be some funny... Watching my cat chase a full grown rabbit... Became something less funny, when the cat brought the rabbit in the house...

Cat useta bring baby bunnies to me... One at a time... I followed the cat to the nest... Rabbit was raising a family inside the garden fence... Why was I not surprised?

Try cracking a coupla eggs inside a watering can... Stir with a fork, add water... Sprinkle mixture over plants that the rabbits are eating... If the animals keep eating the plants... It might be rats. Rabbits are vegan... Rats n mice are omnivorous.

I developed a remedy one year... I made a strong tea out of datura... After it cooled... I poured that over the affected plants... Worked a treat... But needed to be reapplied after a rain...

Fencing rabbits out of a garden... Easier said than done...
I can fence the deer out easy... The rabbits, armadillos, raccoons, possums... Not so easy.

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