|Written by Bill Hanks|
Each year, rabbits give backyard gardeners headaches. ¬†They cute furry little animals have a penchant for feeding on flowers, seedlings, bulbs, shrubs and vegetables. ¬†Rabbits can play havoc on a garden in a short amount of time. ¬†This article will give the backyard gardener some ideas on how to keep the rabbits at bay.
Fencing; ¬†A good fence, like cyclone fencing, can keep rabbits out. ¬†However, rabbits can get through small holes and have been known to dig under fences. ¬†Still, a good strong fence can help a garden out.
Traps; ¬†Traps will work. ¬†However, some municipalities don't allow the trapping of animals. ¬†If you do trap them, then you have to find a place to relocate them. ¬†Some people feel that traps or inhumane.
Poisons; ¬†Poisons will work, but they are dangerous to pets and small children.
Blood Meal; ¬†Blood meal is a high nitrogen form of natural fertilizer. ¬†Sprinkle it around your plants or hand it in cheesecloth bags by your plants.
Manure; ¬†A solution of water and cow manure sprayed on your plants, will keep rabbits away.
Pepper; ¬†Red and cayenne pepper and even black pepper is an irritant that will keep rabbits away. ¬†Rabbits use their nose and these will deter them.
Mexican Marigolds; ¬†This plant is said to repel rabbits.
Hair clippings, from a barber shop, has human scent on it. ¬†Human scents will also work to keep rabbits away.
Corncobs; ¬†Corncobs soaked in vinegar and placed around the garden will keep rabbits away, too.
Dogs and Cats; ¬†Dogs and cats, that will chase rabbits, will help keep them away from gardens.
The battle with rabbits has long been a battle for backyard gardeners. ¬†Just like keeping weeds out of your garden, so you must do the same with rabbits.