Regular mowing and picking up clippings and other debris helps. Debris such as accumulated grass, sticks or leaves gives rabbits a place to hide from predators.
If you still get rabbits and you want a sure-fire way to protect your area, the only method that doesn’t cause damage to your lawn or garden is erecting a fence.
It’s recommended you use chicken wire that is 3 feet high and 10 inches deep, so that the rabbits can’t hop over or dig under it.
If you are trying to protect young trees or shrubs, hardware cloth will deter the rabbits from eating them up. Simply wrap the cloth around the base of the tree or shrub. Hardware cloth is generally located near the chicken wire in the hardware store.
Live traps are a common way to get rid of rabbits. Live traps allow you to catch the rabbit and then release them somewhere else. The only problem with this strategy is that rules vary by location on releasing wild animals, so make sure it’s legal in your area. Or hire a local critter collector.
The last recommended way to manage rabbits is to implement rabbit repellents. The problem with repellents is that while there are many choices of products, they all seem to provide variable or inconsistent control. We recommend you try the following and see if they have an effect:
- dog hair
- blood meal
- fox urine
- rabbit repellent
Spread any one of these ingredients around the areas that you don’t want rabbits to enter – and make sure to reapply after rain or snow to keep the rabbits at bay.
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