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How to Keep Rabbits Out of the Garden & Yard

By Alicia Bodine ; Updated September 21, 2017
Rabbits can cause damage to your gardens.
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Rabbits are cute and fluffy, and often make great pets. When rabbits are out in the wild, however, they must search for their food. Rabbits love to eat fresh vegetables, so if you have a vegetable garden, you better keep an eye out for these hungry scavengers. Creating a plan to keep the rabbits away is ideal. If you don't, your crop of vegetables will be gone before you know it.

Create your own rabbit repellent. Mix cayenne pepper, garlic powder, dish soap and water together in a bowl. Once it is combined, let it sit out in the sun for a day or two. Place it in an empty spray bottle. Spray the leaves in your garden and other places around your yard. Repeat after each rainfall.

Adopt a dog that loves to chase rabbits. Many individuals get cats when they have a mice problem, so adding a loyal member to your family that will also keep the rabbits off of your property is an option worth considering.

Set a trap out to catch any rabbits that make their way onto your property. Set a few apple slices in the trap to lure the rabbits. Once you catch the rabbits, you can release them at a local park or nearby field.

Spray fox urine around the perimeter of your yard to scare rabbits away. The fox is a natural predator of the rabbit. If a rabbit smells the urine, it will think a fox is nearby and will hop off in the opposite direction. Fox urine can be purchased from sporting goods stores, or from specialty websites.

Set a fence up around your garden or yard. This is the only 100 percent effective method for keeping away rabbits. Place your fence six inches into the ground. The fence needs to be at least two feet high to keep the rabbits out. A chicken wire fence is ideal for this purpose.


Things You Will Need

  • 2 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dish soap
  • 20 oz. warm water
  • Spray bottle
  • Dog
  • Rabbit trap
  • Apple slices
  • Fox urine
  • Fence


  • Clean up your yard and get rid of any stacks of wood, bushy shrubs and leaf piles. Also make sure you don't have any bird seed on the ground. This will help to keep your yard less attractive to rabbits.


  • Shooting rabbits is not a humane way to keep them from your property.

About the Author


Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for 13 years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, GoBankingRates and WiseGeek. Bodine is passionate about gardening, travel, education and finance. She has received awards for being a top content producer.