How to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Yard

Dallas rabbits can be a serious nuisance whether you are an avid gardener, or just like a nice lawn. The best way to be rids of pesky bunnies is to prevent them from moving in the first place. Rabbit repellents come in many forms. There are both natural and commercial types readily available. In nature there are a number of flowers and plants that rabbits naturally shy away from. Lavender, marigolds, and catnip are all offensive to Texas rabbits. By planting these around your garden perimeter, you might just save your other plants. Spices like garlic and hot peppers will drive them off. Fungicides that contain Thiram are extremely repulsive to rabbits, and just need to be applied as you normally would. Objects that startle or frighten the rabbits like scarecrows, hanging metal pans that make noise, or commercial units that flash and make noise will work to some extent. Mothballs scattered around your yard will melt, spreading camphor, and can deter rabbits from entering your Dallas property.

Making a repellent spray from dish soap, water, and hot sauce is an inexpensive solution. You need to add repeat applications for a while to permanently dissuade them, but it is not harmful to your pets or plants. Blood meal, bone meal, and predator urine are all available at most hardware or garden centers. Blood and bone meal add vitamins to your soil, as well as offend bunnies. Predator urine, like that from fox, coyote or a big cat scares the rabbit off. After you have successfully discourage Texas rabbits from coming in your area, the best way to assure they don’t is to construct a sturdy fence around the plants and trees that you wish to protect. This fence should consist of 12’ to 2-foot-tall chicken wire or hardware cloth placed around your garden area. You can also choice just to encircle certain plants and support it with posts. The chicken wire or hardware cloth should be buried 6 to 8 inches into the ground. This will prevent the Dallas rabbits from burrowing underneath the fence.

To protect delicate young plants and seedlings, you can place tubes, chicken wire, or hardware cloth around the plant. For delicate trees, encircle the base of the sapling with fence. You can also cover low to the ground limbs using cylinders made from wire or hardware-cloth. When you trim your lawn or garden or prune your trees, leave the twigs and droppings on the ground in an area available to Texas rabbits. The rabbits will choose to eat what is easily accessible to them rather than your plants and the tree bark.

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