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April 09, 2018 3 min read
How to keep rabbits out of a Garden
As we, as a society build out farther and farther and into areas where we haven’t been before, rabbit population is starting to become a problem for us. As one person told me one time, they had a rabbit problem, and I laughed and told them that the rabbit had a people problem because we were moving into the country.
The problem with the rabbit is that they will eat your plants, grass, and do some disruptive damage. So, we’d like to have a plan to keep that from happening. Now, you will notice in some areas where people will put cages around their shrubs, and things like that. But there are several things you can do from a natural standpoint that maybe would at least slow them down.
On the perimeter of your properties, or at least in the area where you know the rabbits are coming from, you can plant several different types of plants. The oleander shrub is poisonous, the rabbit recognizes that by its smell, and they will stay away. The Hollies, different hollies with the jagged-edge leaf, the rabbits don’t like that either.
Lantanna has been a long detriment for the rabbit; they turn from that as well. Therefore, by planting some lantanna, holly, or oleanders, either one or combinations along your border area would serve to help keep them away.
Another thing, of course, would be to put up a fence. But in order to keep the rabbits off with a fence, you have to have a fence about ten feet high. Another thing that you can do would be to take an egg, beat it, mix it with one pint of water, and spray the perimeter. First, before you spray it, you need to let that egg sit for two days.
So let’s go over that again. Beat the egg. Mix it with one pint of water, let it sit for two days, then spray your perimeter. That smell will drive the rabbit away. But this is a process that needs to be repeated once a month.
Another nice, safe thing to do would be to visit the local hair salon or the barbershop. Get the hair that they sweep up off the floor. Pack it in an old pair of pantyhose or something of that nature, an old fruit sack or something. Tie it to a stake, and put stakes up ever so often across and around the perimeter of the property. They smell the human smell of the hair; the rabbit will not come near you, either.
Moreover, I do know from a personal standpoint that that does work rather well. Sometimes it is not the best in the world because as the sack or the things deteriorate, you start having hair, but it is a very good, safe practice and it does work.
The only other thing that you might consider and this is only going to depend on your area, in some areas this is illegal to do, and I’m not recommending it because of that, but it is something to consider if it is allowable.
And maybe in the far corner of an area, you could put a rabbit feeder. Have the rabbit come to that feeder and maybe by doing so they will leave your property alone.
But before you do that, please check with your neighbors to make sure they don’t mind you doing that, and check to make sure that it is not illegal, because some places it is, some places it isn’t. The egg-water spray is good. The hair is good, and the plants. Those are probably your three best bets to control your rabbit.
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