HELP WITH RABBITS - Knowledgebase Question

Chinchilla, PA (Zone 5B)
Question by gumbie1960
March 5, 2007
IS THERE ANY HELP IN GETTING THE RABBITS FROM DESTROYING MY PLANTS I HAVE TRIED SEVERAL DIFFERENT ITEMS AND NONE HAVE HELPED. THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING TO CONTROL THEM FROM EATING MY PLANTS. THEY ARE NASTY CRITTERS. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE DIANE


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Answer from NGA
March 5, 2007

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There are several ways to protect plantings from rabbits including fencing, rabbit guards, and repellents. For a vegetable or flower garden, wire mesh fencing will do the job, it needs to be several feet tall and also needs to go underground about a foot deep around the garden perimeter to deter tunneling. For trees, a cylinder of wire mesh around the trunk (reaching about 18 inches above the snow line) and extending outward along the ground and topped with gravel will usually prevent them from chewing the bark during the winter. As far as repellents go, there are several different brands of spray on the market. For best results you need to apply (and reapply) per the label directions. You may also find that rotating between the different products is helpful. I hope this helps.

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