Cute but Pesky Rabbits - Knowledgebase Question

Rocky Face, GA (Zone 7B)
Question by smichaels6
June 19, 2005
Cute, little rabbits are eating my flowering plants--Knockout roses or anything tender and green. Is there a repellent (other than something chemical and deadly) that I can put around the beds to send them hopping?

Answer from NGA
June 19, 2005


There are a number of animal repellent sprays that would help deter rabbits from eating your flowers. Try 'Get Away' or 'Deer Away' available from Home Depot. 'Deer Away' is efffective in deterring deer and rabbits and lasts 7-10 days without 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 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.

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