What is the most effective (and humane) way to keep rabbits out of my garden?

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  1. DonnaCosmato profile image95
    DonnaCosmatoposted 6 years ago

    What is the most effective (and humane) way to keep rabbits out of my garden?

  2. Shelly McRae profile image83
    Shelly McRaeposted 6 years ago

    A short hedge of rosemary or patch of trailing rosemary around the garden is said to keep rabbits away. They don't like the aroma so they are less likely to venture through the stuff to get to your flowers and veggies. Also, the oil from the leaves is thought to bother them, should they be venturous enough to try to get through. This remedy is supposed to be effective against young deer as well. I have rosemary in my garden near access points and have never had a rabbit problem. (Knock wood)

    1. DonnaCosmato profile image95
      DonnaCosmatoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, great suggestion, Shelly! I love cooking with fresh rosemary so this way I solve the rabbit problem and get a bonus of fresh rosemary. Thanks!

  3. cat on a soapbox profile image96
    cat on a soapboxposted 6 years ago

    Rabbits can be repelled by blood meal or commercial products like Rabbit Scram, Deer Off or Liquid Fence. Shelly's suggestion of rosemary is good since they don't go for aromatic things. Society Garlic (tulbaghia) is also very effective but has a very pungent smell. Rabbits typically avoid the same plants that repel deer. Lists of these plants can easily be found on-line. It's easier to keep them from coming in than to repel them once they have begun nibbling in your garden, so preventative measures are best.

  4. TGoode profile image80
    TGoodeposted 6 years ago

    I do not have any suggestions about keeping them out, but the following two hubs describe techniques I use to limit the damage they cause to bedding or young garden plants.

    http://tgoode.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-P … nd-Rabbits

    http://tgoode.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-P … nd-Rabbits

    We live on an acreage with lots of rabbits and deer around and these techniques have been pretty effective.  Occasionally I have had a rabbit chew thru the deer netting described in the first hub, but usually they leave it alone.


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