How to Protect Apple Trees From Rabbits


Rabbits eat and destroy many plants and shrubs, but they prefer some trees and plants over others; apple trees are among their favorite. They particularly like to gnaw at the tree's bark causing permanent damage. While there are several ways to protect your apple trees from rabbits and other similar pests--including repellents and traps--one of the best methods is to simply wrap the trunk with a piece of hardware cloth or chicken wire.

Step 1

Purchase a ¼ inch piece of hardware cloth (or chicken wire) that is at least 20 to 23 inches wide. It should be long enough so it can wrap around the trunk of the tree, leaving one inch between the cloth and the trunk. Add an extra 2 inches for overlap.

Step 2

Insert the hardware cloth 2 to 3 inches into the ground about an inch from your tree. This is easiest done with the soil is slightly moist.

Step 3

Wrap the hardware cloth around the tree and overlap it by the extra 2 inches.

Step 4

Secure the overlapped pieces together with twine or something similar. Secure it every 4 to 6 inches.

Things You'll Need

  • Hardware cloth (or chicken wire)
  • Twine


  • University of Wisconsin: The Vermin Reports - Rabbits
  • University of Minnesota Extension Service: Protecting Trees and Shrubs
Keywords: protect apple trees, rabbits, garden pests

About this Author

Melissa Lewis graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has written over 20 episodes for the radio drama entitled "A Work in Progress." She also writes for several online outlets, including Gardenguides, Travels and Examiner, and is currently finalizing a movie script to be filmed in 2010.