How to Protect Flowers From Rabbits

Overview

The explosion of colors in your flowers garden may be attractive to the eye, but they may also be attractive to the hungry rabbits in your neighborhood. A few rabbits in your garden or flower bed can quickly wreak havoc on your landscape and leave your plants decimated. Take proactive measures to protect and defend your flowers from rabbits to preserve your landscape's health and beauty.

Step 1

Clear away brush, debris and large stands of dense vegetation from around your flower bed. These often provide hiding places for rabbits, and the animals may be less likely to prey upon your flowers if they must travel across a large open expanse to get to the flowers.

Step 2

Erect a fence around your flower bed. Any fence that is 6 inches high or more will block all but the most determined rabbit. A mesh fence is sufficient and economical, but more attractive options can be used for your flowers, such as a white picket fence.

Step 3

Grow flowers that rabbits tend not to like. Examples include allium, anise hyssop, baptisia and bee balm. Either plant your entire flower bed with rabbit-resistant species, or plant them along the edges of your flower bed to deter rabbits.

Step 4

Apply a rabbit repellent. These come in both spray and granular form and are typically formulated with the urine from large predators. This tricks the rabbits into thinking a predator is in the area and effectively scares them away. Apply according to the specific product's label, as potency and range of efficacy varies widely by product.

Things You'll Need

  • Fence
  • Rabbit repellent

References

  • "Wildlife in the Garden: How to Live in Harmony with Deer, Raccoons, Rabbits, Crows, and Other Pesky Creatures"; Gene Logsdon; 1999
  • "Wildlife Pest Control Around Gardens and Homes"; Terrell P. Salmon; 2006

Who Can Help

  • University of Arizona: Rabbit and Deer Resistant Plants
Keywords: protect flowers, deter rabbits, scare away rabbits

About this Author

Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.