How Do You Keep Rabbits Out of a Garden?

How Do You Keep Rabbits Out of a Garden?

Keep rabbits out of a garden by planting things they don't like, repelling them with foul scents, putting up fences, and letting dogs and cats roam the area. Other options include decoy gardens, predators and traps.

  1. Plant flowers and vegetables rabbits don't like

    By planting things that are unappetizing to rabbits, they may stay out of the garden. Try planting squash, tomatoes, peppers, asparagus, onion, basil, mint, oregano, parsley, geraniums and vincas. The smell and taste of these plants helps deter bunnies from entering the garden.

  2. Repel rabbits with scents

    Like all animals, rabbits have sensitive senses of smell. Line the garden with things that rabbits find repulsive or scary. Try garlic, vinegar, chili powder, soap, predator urine, such as fox or coyote, or blood. Scent repellents may need to be reapplied after it rains, and rabbits can become accustomed to the scents. Change the scents regularly to keep rabbits away.

  3. Build a fence

    Wire fences 2 to 3 feet high may block rabbits from entering the garden. Alternately, use mesh, such as chicken wire or bird netting, to cover individual plants, rows or sections of the garden. Bury the fence or mesh at least 3 inches deep.

  4. Get a cat or dog

    Cats and dogs are natural enemies of rabbits. Letting your pets roam through the yard or garden area scares rabbits away.

  5. Try other options

    Other options for keeping rabbits out of gardens include decoy gardens planted away from the main garden, encouraging predators such as snakes, owls and hawks, and trapping the rabbits. Local animal control or wildlife management specialists can provide humane trap-and-release options if all other efforts fail to keep the bunnies at bay.