Are they wild rabbits? Do you feel like pulling out your “hare?” You are not alone. The indication of springs arrival is noticing the return of the birds and the bees for their favorite dinning venue, your own garden. But they are not the only people. Rabbits, too, are seeking a sumptuous meal, and they’re ravenous pest that can wreak havoc on your garden. Oh, how they love those fresh, sweet, tender seedlings you so lovingly added to your own paradise.
Did you ever notice that when you first begin planting those brand new energies, that’s when the damage is done? Have you tried planting Marigolds, sprinkling pepper flakes on the crops, or even erecting a garden protecting fence, only to discover that none of these tricks worked.
Here are the facts: There is not any magic trick for keeping the rabbits from your hair. You can try some easy to do, simple ways to protect your crops, such as color cloths, which make plants less attractive, and fencing, which might temporarily deter the little dinners, but long term victory is unlikely. This has been an ongoing battle for ages.
After you’ve identified your garden invaders, they’ve been long gone, looking elsewhere for their vittles. These bunny beauties are shy, timid creatures and they are always on the move. And those that stay around, will multiply like rabbits. I think they sense they’ve been hunted for food since the start of time.
Natural predators, such as the fox, hawks, owls and people, are not always hunting in suburban areas. That means the furry little creatures can do what they are programed to do, and that is eating your plants and flowers for supper, without great fear.
Sysan Littlefied, the National Gardening Institutions’ horticultural editor, believes that the best approach to rabbit evidence a garden would be to install a fence that’s about two (2) feet high, or three (3) feet high if your dealing with larger hares. Whatever the case, the fences need to be made from 3/4-inch wire mesh and extend down into the ground at least a foot. A fantastic complement to this barrier is creating an underground L-shaped barrier making a right angle away from the backyard.
Protecting the young plants with color covers, and small trees with cylindrical wire guards have been shown to be somewhat beneficial. In case you have dogs and cats, use them as garden sentinels. What’s the worse that can happen. Perhaps they can catch dinner for you.
If having healthy, wild rabbits in your garden is a indication of an Eco-system that’s going well, then that is a good thing. To not see them would be a sign to become concerned. It is the physical law of attraction, and the basic instincts of survival. Your Garden of Eden is obviously intended to be enjoyed by all living creatures, to the exclusion of none. Relax! Enjoy!