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How to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden


This year, I’ve been battling a furry nemesis in my garden: rabbits. These cute, fluffy critters have decided to make my yard their seasonal home, drawn in by the abundance of veggies I’m growing. While I understand their attraction, I’m not keen on sharing the fruits of my labor before they’ve even had a chance to grow. One of my low raised beds with corn was completely wiped out, so I've learned a few non-harmful tips on how to combat Roger Rabbit and keep your garden intact.


1. Utilize Pets


Cats and Dogs: One of the most natural deterrents for rabbits is having a pet. Cats and dogs can scare rabbits away with their scent alone. If rabbits still invade, both cats and dogs will chase them out of the area. However, our senior dog has become less enthusiastic about chasing critters, and the rabbits have discovered this, so additional measures are necessary.


2. Install Decoy Owls


Owl Statues: Placing decoy owls or owl statues in your garden can add an element of whimsy while serving as an effective scare tactic. Owls are natural predators of rabbits, and their presence, even if artificial, can deter rabbits from entering your garden.


3. Sprinkle Human Hair


Human Hair: Full disclosure I have not tried this method, but I’ve heard through the grapevine that sprinkling human hair around the garden can deter rabbits. It’s unclear whether it’s the scent of humans that puts them off or simply the presence of detached hair, but if it works, it’s worth a try. You can visit a local barber shop to collect some hair clippings.


4. Create Physical Barriers


Fencing: This year, I’ve opted to fence in several of my ground beds to protect them from critters, especially after the corn was completely wiped out. It’s essential to put up physical barriers around your most precious plants. If you have a fenced yard, inspect it for any holes or weak points and cover those areas with screen or netting. Fencing in specific beds can provide an extra layer of defense.


Additional Tips


Netting: Use garden netting over vulnerable plants. This can help keep rabbits out while still allowing sunlight and rain to reach your plants.


Raised Beds: Planting in raised beds can sometimes deter rabbits since they prefer not to climb.


Repellent Plants: Consider planting rabbit-repellent plants like marigolds, garlic, and onions around your garden. These plants have strong scents that can keep rabbits at bay.


Embracing Nature’s Challenges


While rabbits, squirrels, and birds can wreak havoc on your garden, they are usually a good indicator of a thriving ecosystem in the surrounding area. If you can, plant extra knowing that there will be some loss, and try to maintain a positive mindset. You can’t control Mother Nature, but you can learn to grow with the flow.


My gutted corn bed has now been fenced in and will contain various leafy greens for summer salads. Not what I initially planned, but I’m excited about all the salads I'll be able to try. Sometimes the losses can turn into blessings if you let them.




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