How to Keep Rabbits From Eating Spring Flowers From Bulbs

Overview

When spring arrives and your bulb flowers start to poke up out of the ground, they are often fall victim to rabbits. Rabbits are even more excited than you are to see the first green sprouts coming up out of the ground after a long and barren winter, and they can not wait to eat these sprouts. Being low feeders, rabbits pay special attention to newly sprouted flowers, but will most likely ignore them once they grow taller. Therefore, you will only need to protect your newly sprouted spring bulbs from rabbits for a short time.

Step 1

Put up a temporary rabbit fence using chicken wire and stakes. Rabbit fences must be at least 2 feet high and should be securely anchored at the bottom to keep rabbits from burrowing under.

Step 2

Lay chicken wire flat over your flower garden as an alternative to a fence. Anchor the fence to the ground with wire U-clamps. Your plants can safely grow through the chicken wire. This also will keep squirrels from digging up your bulbs.

Step 3

Hang Mylar tape and balloons around your flower garden. As the wind blows, the movement of the Mylar tape will startle rabbits and keep them away.

Step 4

Spray your flower garden with a homemade, non-toxic repellent. Mix together one chopped Spanish onion, one jalapeno pepper, one tablespoon of cayenne pepper and two quarts of water. Boil for 20 minutes, cool and strain the liquid into a yard sprayer.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not trap a nuisance rabbit because she may have a nest of babies nearby that will perish without her.

Things You'll Need

  • Chicken wire
  • Stakes
  • Wire U-clamps
  • Mylar tape
  • Balloons
  • Spanish onion
  • Jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 qt. water
  • Strainer or cheesecloth
  • Garden sprayer

References

  • Wicked Local: Greenspace-Deter Rabbits to Protect Seedlings, Bulbs
  • Please Be Kind: Rabbit Facts
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Living With Wildlife-Rabbits
  • Blue World Gardener: Rabbit Resistant Gardening and Plants
Keywords: rabbit deterrents, protecting bulbs, rabbit-proof flowers

About this Author

Em Connell McCarty has been writing for 27 years. She studied writing at the University of Iowa and at Hollins University in Virginia. She writes fiction, creative non-fiction and essays. McCarty's work has been published in Hip Mama magazine.