Rabbits in My Flower Boxes--HELP! - Knowledgebase Question

Bourbonnais, IL
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Question by jsmarcotte
March 9, 2000
I am a flower gardener blessed with a very fertile population of RABBITS. They keep getting in my flower boxes and digging holes to put babies. I have used dried blood meal, rubber snakes, and hot pepper spray and powder. They now seem to be immune to this. What can I do to keep these wonderful creatures out of my flower gardens?

Answer from NGA
March 9, 2000
If it's in the flower boxes that the rabbits are the biggest problem, why not take a piece of chicken wire cut to the size of the planting area, and lay it down on the soil. Plant your box, cutting the chicken wire where necessary to get your bedding plants in, and cover the wire with a little mulch. Then the rabbits won't be able to burrow into the flower boxes to make their nests. Since you seem to enjoy these "wonderful creatures" why not set one flower box aside just for them? Then you can enjoy watching the babies, and still have your flowers in the protected boxes?!

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