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3 Ways to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden

For most people, the thought of a rabbit conjures a cute, cuddly little creature. For gardeners, though, these critters can be one of our nightmares. Known to wreak havoc on a garden, rabbits will gnaw on tender plants and even build nests among the shrubs. There are a few things you can try to deter rabbits from getting comfortable in your garden.

How to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden

As with most rodents and even deer, fencing is one of the best ways tokeep rabbits out your garden prevent rabbits from getting into your garden. Chicken wire and netting works well for young plants—simply lay them directly over the plants. For more mature plants, you’ll need to build a fence at least two-feet high, buried about six inches deep. Be sure to bend the wire away from the plant before burying it. Chicken wire with narrow openings works best.

This same concept works on a smaller scale as well. You can protect individual young plants by creating mini fences around them. Create a cylinder around your baby trees, shrubs, or vegetable plants. Use mesh with no more than a half-inch opening and, again, bend it away from the plant and bury it.

Rabbits like to nest. Take measures to keep them from making your garden their home. Remove branches from shrubs that are low-lying. Thin out or remove dense vegetation. If you find any signs of rabbit nesting, remove it.

keep rabbits out the gardenAt the farm, we also use blood meal to deter rabbits from having a feast or making a home in the gardens. Rabbits are plant-eaters, so the scent of blood meal will usually send them running. Blood meal is high in nitrogen and will need to be re-applied every 7 to 14 days.

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Do Less Labor this Labor Day Weekend

A holiday weekend is a good time to tackle some of those projects around the house and garden that you’ve been putting off. Weeding your garden beds is probably one of them. It seems that weeds grow faster than the plants we actually want to grow, and getting rid of the weeds is no fun. But, with the right tools, you can get the weeds out efficiently and will have more time to do something fun. Read more