How do I get rid of rabbits that destroy some plants?


last spring rabbits chomp all tulips in the summer they went after the lilies in the fall 2 beautiful lemony lace bushes

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  • Debra R. Roberts Debra R. Roberts on Dec 10, 2018


  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 10, 2018
    • Try sprinkling dried sulfur around or on your plants.
    • Try dusting your plants with plain talcum powder.
    • Powdered red pepper sprinkled around the garden or on targeted plants may keep them out.
    • Irish Spring soap shavings placed in little drawstring bags around the garden will also help to keep rabbits away.
    • Make a bad-tasting rabbit cocktail by grinding together three hot peppers, three large onions, and one whole bunch of garlic. Add water to cover, and place into a covered container overnight. Strain, and then add enough additional water to make a gallon of the mixture.
    • Spray your plants with a mixture of 1 teaspoon Lysol and 1 gallon of water.
    • Some people protect plants with individual “collars” of tin cans or screening so that the plants may reach a less vulnerable size. Put the collar around each stem for protection.
    • Use cylinders of ¼-inch mesh hardware cloth to keep rabbits from nibbling on young fruit and landscape trees.
    • Some of the deer techniques related to odor are also said to work against rabbits. Deter rabbits with commercially-available deer repellents that contain a mixture of dried bovine blood, sulfured eggs, and garlic.
    • Sometimes, humane traps are the best solution. Check it often, and release bunnies in rural areas several miles away.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 10, 2018

    If you have an Ace Hardware, check with them. They have an enormous selection of pest control solutions.

  • Susan Bohdan Susan Bohdan on Dec 10, 2018

    I immediately thought of mothballs to deter. Also IF there is a predator spray for bunnies, that will keep them away. Also look into something that creates a frequency that they would rather avoid and go to another yard. Catch and release somewhere else with a save-a-heart trap. We did that with squirrels years ago because they were getting between the roof and drywall by way of soffit. We cut down the apple tree that they were jumping from and once they were captured, the holes were sealed.

  • Oliva Oliva on Dec 10, 2018

    Tulip bulbs need dipped in Thiram (available at landscape supply stores, nurseries, etc.), prior to planting. Additionally, add some dried blood in your planting hole. If rabbits find tulips appealing after they've sprouted, you'll need to spray Liquid Fence concentrate, shaken, and mixed with water. Apply heavily to all exposed leaf and flower surfaces, stem, and surrounding ground.

    Rabbits avoid onions and garlic, so consider interplanting these items amongst your tulips.

    Day lilies and tulips are caviar to deer and rabbits. You may need to saturate the lilies with Liquid Fence on a weekly basis until animals avoid the area, then at least 1x/month, thereafter. Because of the initial smell, apply in the evening in a windless period, and wear gloves, long sleeves, long pants. Leave these clothes in your garage or basement for 24 hours, in case any odor drifted onto your clothing.

    Liquid fence should be applied at least 5 hours prior to rain. If very heavy rains occur, you may need to reapply.

    It is most important to spray early in the season, following directions and re-applications as recommended, because once deer and rabbits have tasted your morsals, it will be much harder to keep them away.

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Dec 10, 2018

    Fencing can help, or find out if you can get dog urine or odor to spread around plants, or just buy a dog, hound breed best.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Dec 10, 2018

    Put chickenwire on ground over Tulip,Lily bulbs so the rabbits cannot dig up bulbs, they'll grow up thru wire.Moth balls are toxic so becareful using them in garden if you have pets,kids or anything you eat from garden. Try some real 100percent Peppermint essential oil

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