Rabbits Killing Lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Superior, CO
Question by bobtunnell
October 15, 1998
Rabbit droppings have killed a number of patches in our lawn. (They've left an abundance of evidence behind.) A fence and a new cat are keeping them at bay, but what do I need to do now (mid-October) to be sure the dead spots their droppings have created will come back to life next spring?


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Answer from NGA
October 15, 1998

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You can rake and overseed the bare areas, then apply a light mulch to help keep the areas moist until the seeds germinate. Grass will grow as long as the air temperature is above 40F degrees. I'm surprised that rabbit droppings killed your lawn, because the pellets are generally highly prized as organic fertilizer. Perhaps there was too great a concentration? If you find piles of rabbit droppings in the future, why not spread them out over the lawn and take advantage of the free nitrogen?

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