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How to Get Rid of Rabbits in Vegetable Gardens

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Overview

You love your garden. You've put countless hours nursing your little plants into large plants and watched them grow, flower and finally start producing vegetables and although you are very fond of nature, you didn't do all this work to share your fruitful bounty with all the woodland creatures that are invading your garden. There are many home remedies that claim to keep rabbits out of gardens, from sprinkling your garden with moth balls to planting a barrier of marigolds all around the garden, but in reality, the best way to keep rabbits out of the garden is to make sure they can't get in.

Step 1

Dig around the perimeter of your garden with a shovel. Create a gully that is six to 12 inches deep. The gully doesn't need to be any wider than a few inches, just wide enough to stand the fencing up in when it is being installed.

Step 2

Place one metal fence post at each corner of the garden, in the gully, pointed end down, and drive the post into the ground using a rubber mallet. Drive the posts down as far as necessary to allow approximately three feet of the fence post to remain sticking out of the soil.

Step 3

Screw or hammer together the 2 inch by 2 inch boards to make a rectangular frame that is three feet tall. Stretch a piece of wire mesh across the frame and use nails or screws to fasten the fencing to the frame.

Step 4

Dig a hole for the outer gate braces two feet deep and stand the two five-foot-long 2 inch by 2 inch boards on end in the holes, burying them and tamping the dirt down around them. These boards should be positioned so that three feet of the board is sticking out above the soil line and the gate frame should fit snugly between the two poles.

Step 5

Screw the hinges to one of the standing 2 inch by 2 inch boards and attach the wooden frame to it to form a gate. Attach the hook and eye latches to the other side of the frame and other post to form the latches for the gate.

Step 6

Place the remaining fence posts around the perimeter of the garden, approximately four to six feet apart. Place them into the gully and drive them into the ground at the same height as the corner stakes. When you are finished, the tops of each of the posts should be at the height with about three feet of the posts above the soil line.

Step 7

Attach one end of the fencing to one of the wooden posts, aligning the wire with the top of the post. Attach the mesh with nails or screws every six to eight inches down the post. The bottom of the fence should be tucked into the gully to be buried later.

Step 8

Tightly stretch the wire mesh across to the next post and attach it using the hooks provided in the metal post. If necessary, wrap with pieces of wire to secure. Continue stretching and attaching the wire mesh to the rest of the posts, and tucking the bottom of the fence into the gully.

Step 9

Bury the bottom of the fence that is inside the gully with the soil that came out of the holes. Tamp down the dirt firmly around the base of the fence, this burying process will help to prevent the rabbits from digging under the fence and getting into the garden.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 foot high rolled wire mesh fencing
  • Metal fence posts
  • Shovel
  • Rubber mallet
  • 2 - 2 inch by 2 inch boards, cut to three feet in length
  • 2 - 2 inch by 2 inch boards , cut to the width of the desired gate
  • 2 - 2 inch by 2 inch boards, cut to five feet in length
  • Nails or screws
  • Hammer or screwdriver
  • 2 - 3 inch hinges
  • 2 hook and eye latches
  • Wire cutters or snips

References

  • New Mexico State University: Garden Rabbit Control
  • University of California - Davis: Pests in the Garden
Keywords: avoid garden rabbits, deter rabbits, garden rabbit fence

About this Author

Robin Lewis Montanye is a freelance artist, designer and writer. Her articles have appeared in newspapers, national magazines and on several self-help areas of the web. Montanye specializes in gardening articles with information from several universities. She has Internet articles published on Gardenguides.com, eHow.com and Suite101.com.