Nothing heralds the coming of spring more than seeing rabbits running everywhere every time you go outside. The bad part of that is that all those bunnies need to eat. And, if you have a garden full of tasty treats, the rabbits will see this as one big buffet. Here are some tips to help you keep Bugs out of your garden without using any nasty chemical repellents.
Rabbits are most active early in the morning and late in the evening. If the plant is tasty enough and the rabbits are hungry enough, they will eat the plant until it is level with the ground. Rabbits can damage vegetables, flowers, and trees any time of the year.
Those cute furry bunnies love your beans, beets, carrots, lettuce, peas and strawberries during gardening season. During the winter months, they love to nibble on the bark of trees. Either snack can damage your plants. Fortunately, rabbits will not generally eat corn, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes, squash, or tomatoes.
One of the easiest ways to deter rabbits, as well as cats, is to spread the clippings from your thorny rosebushes around the plants that you want to protect. Obviously, this can’t be done for your entire garden. But, if there are some individual plants that need protections, this is a wonderful way to keep small pests away. The thorns from the clippings will hurt their feet and they will not want to get any closer to your prize specimens.
Another easy way to prevent nibbling is to cover seedlings and small plants with a wire mesh cage. This can be removed when the plants are established and do not appear quite so appetizing to the rabbits and other animals. Hardwire cloth and burlap can also be used to cover new plants.
A fence is the best way to keep the bunnies out of your garden. Make sure the fencing material is buried at least 6 inches in the ground. Rabbits can dig very well. It also needs to have no holes larger than 1 inch so that the babies can not squeeze through. Chicken wire works best in this situation, as long as the holes are small enough.
Natural repellents such as ground black pepper, chili powder, bloodmeal, rotten eggs or hot sauce can be spread around plants to keep small animals away. Sometimes rabbits can be scared away from garden plots with inflatable snakes. If there are any piles of garden debris, you should get rid of those right away. You do not want to leave a place for the rabbits to hide between meals of munching on your garden plants.
There is nothing more disheartening to a gardener than find the new plants eaten away clean to the ground level. Hopefully, by using some or all of these tips you can help keep your garden free of the cute little rabbits who love to munch on new plants. By using these natural repellents and deterrents, you can keep your garden growing well and be kind to the environment at the same time.