Although our neighborhood bunnies are cute and furry they can become quite a bothersome pest when they tear up our lawns and gardens.
Recognizing rabbit damage:
Are you noticing small patches of bare dirt in your lawn or odd shaped patches that aren’t doing well? Once you discover rabbits in your yard, you can assume they will be there for awhile unless you can send them to a more appealing location. If you are having trouble with rabbits tearing up your yard you might want to try a few of our tips to keep them away.
Sending your rabbits on their way:
We think the best offense is a good defense. Try to keep you yard unattractive to rabbits by moving your lawn regularly and get rid of any plant debris that might accumulate. Tall grass and piles of leaves are good places for rabbits to hide. Rabbits exist on a diet almost entirely of green plants. Favorites include dark grasses, clover, and wheat.
The following options can repel bunnies and make your yard much less appealing to them.
Shrubs: Big Sage, Boulder Raspberry, Curlleaf Mountain Mahogany, Broom, Creeping Oregon Grape, Allegheny Viburnum, Sea Buckthorn, Smoke Tree, Santolina, Gambel Oak, Butterﬂy Bush, Sumac, Blue Mist Spirea, Golden Currant, Daphne, Honeysuckle, Lavender, Juniper, Lilac, Russian Sage, Rabbitbrush
Flowers: Lavender, Catnip, Brunnera, Gaillardai, Ornamental Onions, Penstemon, Gaura, Goldenrod,
Desert Four O’clock, Achillea, Coreopsis, Agastache, Digitalis Obscura, Hymenoxys, Prairie Zinnia, Stachys, Thyme
Dried blood meal: This suggestion might seem a little unusual, but it can work wonders. Scatter some dried blood meal throughout your gardens or around your lawn. The smell is so unappealing to the rabbits’ olfactory system senses that they will not go near your property. You can find dried blood meal at most any garden store.