We put in evergreens last spring and rabbits did't seem to bother them, but we just discovered they are chewing them up - from the bottom. We can't put up a fence as they are planted as a windbreak around the house. We live in the country and have seen a lot of rabbits lately. Is there something we can put around the trees or in the soil?
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You can use a hot-pepper spray that will repel rabbits, but you must keep applying it. Other choices are odor repellents like blood meal or fox-urine powder, all available at your garden center and online. Do not use mtohballs--these are poisonous and not meant for outdoor use. The best defense is a 30-foot tall chicken wire (poultry mesh) fence--perhaps you can fit it around the perimeter. The very best defense? Planting evergreens and other shrubs that rabbits won't eat, like American holly (Ilex opaca), juniper, pine, spruce and wintercreeper (Euonymous fortunei).

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