How do I keep rabbits from eating my plants?
Rabbits are eating my perennials as soon as the plants come up. How can I keep rabbits away?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

The best defense against rabbits is a 3-foot-tall chicken-wire fence (1-inch mesh or smaller) with another 6 inches buried in the soil. Or you can try odor repellents such as blood meal or powdered fox urine (available at your local garden center). These usually need to be reapplied frequently. Spray-on taste repellents such as hot pepper spray are also available. It must be put directly on the plants, so rabbits get a good taste of it when they settle in for their snack. It also needs to be reapplied periodically. You can also place a row cover over your beds while the plants are small, removing it once new growth is well under way. Because rabbits prefer tender, young growth, if you keep your flowers covered for a few weeks in spring, then switch to an odor or taste repellent when the covers are removed, the rabbits may lose interest in your garden.

Answered by BHGgardenEditors
Community Answers (5)

If your completely against the idea of hunting (or pest control) the best way is rabbit repellents. If you want to make repellents just use strong smells that rabbits donít like mixed in with a bottom of water. Things like garilic and chili are best. I would love to go into more detail but you get such a small space here! For more information please check out my webpage Its all about homemade repellants. Hope it helps and good luck!
Submitted by howtohuntrabbit

i used moth balls for a couple weeks and they have not come back!
Submitted by jules3939

sorry! that should read bloodmeal
Submitted by RLamb410

I have heard that you can use blood mill or used cat litter around your plants to keep the rabbits away.
Submitted by RLamb410