Are they crazy rabbits? Are you sick of dealing with these garden invaders? Do you feel like pulling out your “hare?” You are not alone. The sign of springs advent is discovering the return of the birds and the bees to their favorite dinning venue, your garden. But they’re not the only visitors. Rabbits, too, are seeking out a sumptuous meal, and they are ravenous pest that can wreak havoc on your garden. Oh, how they love those fresh, sweet, tender tails you so lovingly added to your own paradise.
Did you ever notice that when you first begin planting those brand new energies, that is when the damage is done? Have you tried planting Marigolds, sprinkling pepper flakes on the plants, or even erecting a backyard protecting fence, only to find that none of those tricks worked.
Here are the facts: There is no magic trick for keeping the fleas from your hair. You can try some easy to do, simple methods to protect your crops, such as shade cloths, which make plants less attractive, and fencing, which might temporarily deter the little dinners, but long term success is unlikely. This has been an ongoing battle for ages.
After you have identified your garden invaders, they’ve been long gone, looking elsewhere for their vittles. These rabbit beauties are shy, timid creatures and they are constantly on the move. I think they sense that they have been hunted for food since the start of time.
Natural predators, like the fox, hawks, owls and humans, aren’t always hunting in suburban neighborhoods. That means that the furry little creatures can do what they are programed to do, and that is eating your flowers and plants for dinner, without great anxiety.
Sysan Littlefied, the National Gardening Associations’ horticultural editor, believes that the best approach to rabbit evidence a garden would be to put in a fence that’s roughly two (2) feet high, or three (3) feet high if your dealing with bigger hares. In any case, the fences need to be made from 3/4-inch wire mesh and extend down to the earth at least a foot. A good addition to this barrier is creating an underground L-shaped barrier making a right angle away from the garden.
Protecting the young plants with color covers, Bat Poop, and small trees with cylindrical wire guards have been shown to be somewhat beneficial. In case you have cats and dogs, use them as garden sentinels. What’s the worse that can happen. Maybe they could grab dinner for you.
If having healthy, wild rabbits in your backyard is a indication of an Eco-system that is going well, then that is a fantastic thing. To not see them are a sign to become concerned. It is the physical law of attraction, and the basic instincts of survival. Your Garden of Eden is obviously meant to be appreciated by all living creatures, to the exclusion of none. Relax! Enjoy!