Rabbits Eating Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Landisville, PA
Question by kisewr4
December 26, 1997
Rabbits have eaten most of the perennials in the back yard...some never got to flower. I used blood meal, human hair, moth balls, plastic snakes, rabbit-away, noise makers in the wind..... One thing that worked for a while was dog feces piled around theplant (Okay, I was desperate!) but after a while I couldn't stand it. Any ideas?


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Answer from NGA
December 26, 1997

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There are a number of animal repellent sprays that would help deter rabbits from eating the flowers. Try 'Get Away' or 'Deer Away' available from Burpee. 'Deer Away' is efffective in deterring deer and rabbits and lasts 7-10 dayswithout washing off. Natural scent repellents are also available such as fox and coyote urine. I have found that rabbits quickly realize there is no actual threat though. You could also try constructing a fence of 1-inch chicken wire that should be 2feet 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. P.S. I am glad you abandoned the dog feces idea. Shouldn't that dog be chasing those rabbits?!

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