Keeping Rabbits Out of my Flowerbed

This winter the rabbits have eaten the phlox in my garden. I know they will attack my tulips the minute they bloom. Any suggestions to keep them away and send them back to the forest?


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April 1, 20191 found this helpful

Use a fence, chicken wire or cover with netting or cheesecloth.

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April 1, 20190 found this helpful

This is helpful. I tried this, but they jump the fence. The cheese cloth idea is a marvel, but it will take away from the look of the garden. Defeats the purpose. I wonder if there is another solution?

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April 1, 20191 found this helpful

You could try bordering the bed with herbs they don't like, like sage plants or basil plants, but those can quickly take over a flower garden.

You can try getting rid of the places the like to live--so keep up with getting rid of piles of leaves and if you have low hanging trees, make sure they don't touch the ground. Patch up holes that lead to under sheds or walls. Sometimes just having fewer places for them to live makes them move on to someone else's house.


Do be careful if you are trying to do this now that you don't inadvertently kill a nest of baby bunnies. I would feel dreadful if that happened.

Having a dog out in the area (ON A LEASH, WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES) is also a good deterrent as they are prey for most dogs and will leave if they feel they will be food. Please DO NOT leave your dog out to eat bunnies, again, that would be awful AND dangerous for your dog to be ingesting bunnies or get hurt in a fight.

Some people swear by things like low posted owl figures (those realistic ones). That never worked for me and I am not much for garden decorations...but friends do it and love it and say it works.

Please DO NOT try the home remedies like hot pepper, hot pepper spray and ammonia that are recommended as "SURE PROOF" all over the internet.


They are TERRIBLE AND CAN BE DANGEROUS for people and animals (not just the bunnies, but birds, stray dogs and cats, etc. Those "remedies" are a cruel and VERY dangerous thing to do so please be kind and not try these. I am sure they work but the damage they do is inhumane. Even if you don't care about hurting the animals if you have any kids around, and they touch the treated area, they can get these solutions in their eyes and mouth and it can be very painful and even blinding if they get it in their eyes. I am not being over reactive here...just very honest and realistic based on experience. I had hot pepper spray (from a hot pepper while canning salsa) get into my eye once and it was one of the most painful things I have ever experienced. It took weeks for my eye to heal.

Hope you find a good solution!! Happy Spring!

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April 2, 20190 found this helpful

Some good ideas here. Thank you.

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April 2, 20190 found this helpful

Hope one will work for you!

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April 3, 20190 found this helpful

Plant trap crops away from garden, stuff the bunnies REALLY love, then plant plants they don't like around your favorites.

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