While many people think rabbits are cute, they are not as cute when they’re gobbling up your garden’s flowers of vegetables. Gardeners dread rabbits, and they can quickly become a nuisance. The good news is that you can use multiple techniques, such as rabbit repellent, to keep those rabbits from ruining your garden.
Make a Chicken Wire Fence
Many types of fence will not keep the rabbits out, but mesh fencing that has 1-inch holes or smaller, should ensure those rabbits can’t get to the garden. However, you need to keep a few things in mind when making the fence to ensure the rabbits can’t dig under your fence or jump over it.
- Make sure that the fence is buried 4-6 inches under the ground.
- Make sure the base of the fence is bent at a 90 degree angle outward underground. This makes it hard for rabbits to burrow under your fence.
- Ensure your fence is at least two feet tall above the surface, or higher if you have jackrabbits.
- Raise Garden Beds
Sometimes raising your garden beds may discourage the rabbits from taking the trouble to get into your garden. However, if you are going to raise your garden beds, you’ll need to raise them at least 18 inches if you want to keep the rabbits away. Raised beds have other benefits too, so it may be worth your time to go this route.
Using Rabbit Repellents
Of course, an animal repellent can also be helpful if you just can’t seem to keep those rabbits out of the garden. While you can try your hand at making your own rabbit repellent, many homemade repellents may not provide you with the results that you want. A better option is to purchase repellent that you can use in your garden. Remember, you don’t want to harm the rabbits, but you do want to make sure that they aren’t tearing up and eating up your garden.
Some rabbit repellent options are long lasting and may last for six months or more. You will also find that some repellents are designed to repel multiple types of animals. For example, it’s easy to find deer and rabbit repellent, making it easy to keep both animals from ruining your garden this year. Just make sure you find a repellent that is safe and backed by a quality company.