Rabbits may find your vegetable garden or flower bed a literal buffet of tasty snacks. A hungry rabbit population can quickly reduce your lush plants into little stubs sticking out of the ground in just a matter of days. Combine preventative and deterrent solutions to keep rabbits away from your outdoor plants and defend your garden's lush look.
Install a fence around your outdoor plants. The University of Illinois says fencing is the best method of garden protection from rabbits. Make the fence approximately 42 inches tall with the lower 6 inches sunk into the ground to keep out rabbits that may try to dig below the fence.
Clear away all tall vegetation, like low-hanging shrubs or tall stands of grass, on the outside of the fence. Use pruning shears and/or a lawn mower. Keep a 15- to 20-foot space open around your fenced area. This will deter rabbits, which do not like crossing open areas.
Spray the plants with a rabbit deterrent spray, typically formulated with capsaicin or similarly nasty-tasting chemicals. Rabbits will avoid plants coated with the spray, according to the University of Wisconsin.
Set up a motion-activated sprinkler in the middle of the garden bed. When a rabbit activates the motion sensor, the sprinkler bursts to life with a loud noise and a jet of water. The devices are often pricey, but can effectively scare away not just rabbits, but other animal pests like crows and deer.