Gardens are springing up everywhere – providing snack bars for woodland creatures all over the globe. Here’s a question that came in last week:
“Dear Gardenerd, I am starting a garden in my back yard. I would LOVE to
convert my useless front lawn into an edible estate but can’t spend
thousand of dollars on a fence to keep out the wild rabbits. Do you
have a simpler suggestion to keep the rabbits at bay? Thanks, Caroline”
I can make a few suggestions, but honestly a fence is the best answer.
Rabbits burrow, so any fence you put in needs to go down at least 2 feet to keep
them out. There are some inexpensive materials that you can make a
fence with, so it won’t cost thousands, just hundreds. For example:
Not the most attractive solution, but much less expensive than a full-blown fence. The trick with this fence is that you would need to supplement it somehow to prevent creatures from burrowing under, as I mentioned above. If you lined the bottom of this fenced area with sheet metal to a depth of 2 feet, and sealed off the bottom edge of the fence material, it could work.
As an alternative, there are products that can be applied at regular intervals to keep critters away. I posted an article for squirrel combatants awhile back that offers some of the same protection against rabbits.
Or you can try sprinkling this around:
Or use Liquid Fence on a regular basis:
I hope this helps. Keep us posted on what you end up getting.
Does anyone have any other suggestions for rabbit-proofing without a costly fence? Share it with us here.