Are they crazy rabbits? Do you feel like pulling out your “hare?” You are not alone. The indication of Bat Poop springs advent is noticing the return of the birds and the bees for their favorite dinning venue, your own garden. But they’re not the only visitors. Rabbits, too, are seeking a sumptuous meal, and they’re ravenous pest that could wreak havoc in your garden. Oh, how they love those fresh, sweet, tender seedlings you so lovingly added to your 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 crops, or even erecting a garden protecting fence, only to find that none of those tricks worked.
Here are the facts: There is not any magic trick for keeping the fleas from your hair. You can try some easy to do, simple methods to protect your plants, such as color cloths, which make plants less attractive, and fencing, which might temporarily deter the small dinners, but long term success is unlikely. This has been an ongoing struggle for ages.
After you have identified your garden invaders, they will have been long gone, looking elsewhere for their vittles. These rabbit beauties are shy, timid creatures and they are always on the move. I think they sense they’ve been hunted for food since the start of time.
Natural predators, such as 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’s eating your plants and flowers for dinner, without great anxiety.
Sysan Littlefied, the National Gardening Institutions’ horticultural editor, believes that the best way to rabbit proof a garden would be to put in a fence that’s about two (2) feet high, or three (3) feet high if your dealing with bigger hares. Whatever the case, the fences need to be made of 3/4-inch wire mesh and extend down into the earth at least a foot. A good complement to this barrier is creating an underground L-shaped barrier creating a perfect angle away from the backyard.
Protecting the young plants with shade covers, and small trees with cylindrical wire guards have proven to be somewhat beneficial. In case you have dogs and cats, use them as garden sentinels. Perhaps they can grab dinner for you.
If having healthy, wild rabbits in your garden is a sign of an Eco-system that’s going well, then that is a fantastic thing. To not see them would be a sign to become worried. Your Garden of Eden is obviously meant to be enjoyed by all living creatures, to the exclusion of none. Relax! Enjoy!