Lilies forum: Keeping rabbits and other pests away

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Name: Dave
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Nhra_20
Oct 28, 2016 5:55 PM CST
Apparently I have rabbits visiting my lily bed and helping themselves to the leaves, and found a couple stems on the ground too. Any advice to keeping these buggers out? Thank you for your time everyone. I didn't have a problem with rabbits before, but I'm sure since I have added more green foliage, it is more inviting
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Oct 28, 2016 6:16 PM CST
In my opinion, a fence is your only option. Repellents may work, but if they don't, it will be too late. As you know, eaten lilies don't come back until the following year. I wouldn't gamble unless I could afford the a loss.
Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Oct 28, 2016 6:27 PM CST
PlantSkydd has been very effective for me, make sure you are upwind when using it. The liquid works best.
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MichiganMike
Oct 29, 2016 4:10 PM CST
As Rick said, a fence is best. In my experience, even then the little buggers would burrow under my chain link fence and get in and out (after dining of course). You can try some deterrents, but they only had marginal benefit for me. Good luck!
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
Oct 29, 2016 5:51 PM CST
Rabbit fence by far. I use rebar for posts and plastic tie straps to secure the fence. For grass cutting and edging with weed whacker, with a little effort you can slide the fence up the posts a couple inches for clearance. Helpful hint: To get that nice flat look on the fence, have somebody stand on one end and unwind the roll CORE SIDE DOWN. Do this on a driveway, sidewalk, etc. When ready to unroll with person standing on one end, insert a broom handle all the way through the core of the roll. Grab the broom handle on both sides and unspool the whole roll walking backwards. Anchor the end with a couple of bricks and walk back on the wire to your partner. This prevents having to fight re-spooling or re-winding of the wire when you put the fence up. Green Grin!
Name: Dave
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Nhra_20
Oct 30, 2016 9:03 AM CST
Thank you for the advice everyone. Fencing it is. They seem to only mess with the raised lily bed and not the one next to the house. So that's a good thing
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Oct 30, 2016 4:22 PM CST
Something else for people in general....
When Lorn mentioned his weed whacking trick of lifting the fence, I thought about my solution to the dilemma and how it probably also thwarts digging rabbits.

My fencing is just welded wire that I installed 20 plus years ago. I did put it 3- 4 inches underground, but no animals have even tried to dig under it, so I couldn't really say if that is sufficient. I wanted to not have to bother with trimming grass along the fence and along garden borders. So I sunk 4x4" timbers into the ground, about flush with the soil surface and between the fence and the grass, or the garden and the grass. This way, there would be a permanent 4 inch strip that would be grassless at the lawn edge. I wanted the timbers flush with the surface so I could run the mower right over the top, cut all the grass, and never need to trim.

It works quite well, and now with all this rabbit talk, I'll bet that those timbers would deter the digging, too. Would a rabbit be smart enough to start digging away from the actual fence (on the other side of the timber) to go under the timber and then the fence? I'm certainly no rabbit expert here, but I don't think so.

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(I weed whipped the grass so you could see better.) And take note that this is not rabbit fencing. Baby rabbits can easily get through this large squared fencing.

Name: Dave
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Nhra_20
Nov 7, 2016 6:48 AM CST
Would it be too extreme if I put up razor wire around the flower beds? Just kidding. But I thought maybe an Elmer Fudd cutout or something would maybe look neat inside one of the beds to take away from the look of the rabbit fence when there is only foliage in them
Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Nov 20, 2016 8:07 PM CST
Nhra_20 said:Thank you for the advice everyone. Fencing it is. They seem to only mess with the raised lily bed and not the one next to the house. So that's a good thing


Oh oh, I have my lilies planted in a raised bed and we do have the bunnies! But I planted grape hyacinth and narcissus all around them because I heard that rabbits don't like them so I hope that will help. Anyway, I use ShakeAway granules and they seem to work well. It does smell pretty bad, but it's all natural and harmless which is a plus. Someone I know highly recommends liquid fence.
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Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Nov 20, 2016 8:11 PM CST

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I am a big fan of Plantskydd as well. It lasts for three months through all weather and normally I reapply at 10weeks just to be sure I don't miss the "not effective anymore" window.
Tracey
Name: ursula
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Mutisia
Nov 20, 2016 9:31 PM CST
You live in Paradise, girls - that kind of products has not reached us.

Is there one for multiple 'enemies' (rabbits, other rodents, crawling-under-the-fence and jumping over the fence cows, and now slugs and snails Sighing! Sighing! Sighing! I also have insects that love the light coloured Lilies and end up breaking the tepals from the base. Am I being tested from above? Sticking tongue out


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BUGGYCRAZY
Nov 26, 2016 10:33 AM CST
The only thing I ever had that worked on all small mammal pests and did the best job ever was a cat.
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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Mutisia
Nov 26, 2016 10:12 PM CST
I have a cat, Buggy, and he's a good hunter, but living in this area (for almost 7 years now) I have learned there are far more creatures that you don't usually see and that are very interested in your plants.

I also have a kitty friend who visits me every other day or so. He plays with my Milu and appreciates the food and petting I offer him (he's very vocal!) - I would love to keep him, but I don't know if he has a home. I'm tempted to take him to the Vet and have him made a 'gentleman' and get the necessary shots, etc. He has also brought me some 'presents' (mainly decapitated rats and mice).

We have foxes in the area and although they have never harmed one of my pets, I feel more comfortable having Milu inside the house during night and that's the time when the rodents look for food Sighing!


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BUGGYCRAZY
Dec 6, 2016 9:57 AM CST
Yes my cats have curfews too and places they cannot get into but the rodents can and do.
Name: Patrick
Midland, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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auratum
Dec 11, 2016 5:33 PM CST
I use fence and cats. The cats keep the nearby populations reduced and the fence is the second defense. Sort of a belt & suspenders approach but I almost gave up on lilies at one point due to the rabbit damage. I have tried different sprays and plants that are suppose to deter critters but nothing was bullet proof. Never tried the recommended Plantskydd mentioned here - maybe that was the silver bullet I missed?
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Dec 11, 2016 6:30 PM CST

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Plantskydd Is as good as it gets. Just don't miss the window to reapply otherwise the deer and rabbits will have a field day, literally!
Tracey
Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Dec 11, 2016 8:24 PM CST
Has anyone tried planting narcissus and grape hyacinth around their lilies? I understand that rabbits and deer are supposed to not like them so I planted them all around my lilies and tulips. Of course, I won't know if it works until spring, but I'm just wondering if anyone has tried it and if so, then to what level of success?
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Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Dec 11, 2016 8:31 PM CST

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I have a lot of daffodils planted around. Rabbits and deer don't bother them, but they still would eat the lilies as they came up, even with daffs planted next to them. It is nice to have things like daffodils and peonies, that it seems the critters don't go after.
Tracey

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