Rabbits- Control

Q: Can you tell me how to control rabbits in vegetable and flower gardens?

A: Rabbits can damage many plants in a short time when their numbers are high in early summer. The easiest way to keep them out of a vegetable garden is with a short fence. I’ve known rabbit-plagued gardeners who drive two-foot long stakes six inches into the ground at four foot intervals around their garden. They then stapled eighteen-inch wide chicken wire to the stakes. Rabbits usually won’t jump over a fence this high nor will they dig under it if the bottom edge is tight to the ground. Gardeners, on the other hand, can easily step over the barrier.

Where you choose not to use a fence, try spraying the leaves with repellent products that contain bitter- or hot-tasting compounds.

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