rabbits - Knowledgebase Question

thornton, Co
Question by jrsnow1313
June 5, 2010
I have a vegetable garden and need to keep out the rabbits


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Answer from NGA
June 5, 2010

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It's hard to deter rabbits. The bottom line is that the creatures are hungry and you planted a salad bar in their territory! NGA's Charlie Nardozzi includes solutions for animal pests in his book Vegetable Gardening for Dummies. To keep rabbits out he recommends installing a 2-foot high fence made of 1 1/2 inch mesh. The bottom should be tight to the ground or buried 12 inches. Various repellents and scare tactics are generally not effective for the long-term. They need to be reapplied and scare devices moved frequently or creatures get used to them. The best method is exclusion, i.e., fencing them out, or surrounding individual plants with wire. Good luck with your garden!

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