It’s always frustrating to come out to enjoy your garden and all the hard work you put in, only to find that rabbits have come through and eaten all your beautiful flowers.There are many ways of dealing with these little guys and here is a few:
1. Alter the habitat. Eliminate any brush piles, stone piles and weed patches near plantings, as well as establish planting away from the edge of thickets and woods. These areas are where rabbits are known to be. They are known to eat a variety of plants when under environmental pressure, so if your flowers are nearby, they may get eaten.
2. Exclude the rabbits. The only consistently effective control measure available is chicken wire. Wire of one inch or smaller may be used around the perimeter of your garden or around individual plants. Such material should be at least two feet in height and buried into the ground about three inches.
3. Repel the rabbits. While repellents do not eliminate rabbit problems, they do help in deterring them from your plants. Here are a few products we recommend at Vern Goers Greenhouse. Using a combination of granular and liquid products tends to be most effective:
a. Liquid Applications: Liquid Fence, Messina Wildlife’s Animal Stopper, Bonide’s Repels All, Hot Pepper Wax, Coyote or Fox Urine
b. Granular Product: Bonide’s Repels All or Granulated Coyote or Fox Urine
4. Choose plants less susceptible to rabbit damage. There are virtually no plants that are guaranteed against rabbits, but here is a list of plants that are poisonous to rabbits, as well as some they usually avoid.
Perennials poisonous to Rabbits: Anemone, Dicentra (Bleeding Heart), Primula, Butterfly Weed (Asclepias), Foxglove (Digitalis), Sage, Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Hyacinth, Sorrel, Christmas Rose (Helleborus), Iris, Sweet Pea (Lathyrus), Chrysanthemum, Lily of the Valley, Tiger Lily (Lilium tigrinum), Clematis, Oriental Poppy, Trumpet Vine (Campsis), Columbine (Aquilegia), Oriental Poppy, Virginia Creeper, Daffodil (Narcissus), Oxalis, Wisteria
Annuals Poisonous to Rabbits: Agapanthus, Cyclamen, Lantana, Schefflera, Begonia, Dieffenbachia, Morning Glory, Snapdragon, Caladium, Dracena or Spike, Nicotiana, Peace Lily, Calla Lily, Elephant’s Ear (Colocasia), Oleander, Tomato, Castor Bean, Four O’Clocks (Mirablis), Philodendron,Croton, Dusty Miller, Rosemary
Perennials Seldom Damaged by Rabbits: Aster, Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis), Pachysandra, Yarrow, Astilbe, Hollyhock (Alcea), Creeping Phlox, Bell Flowers (Campanula), False Indigo (Baptista), Russian Sage (Perovskia), Daylily (Hemerocallis), Lavender, Salvia, Ferns (Except Maiden Hair), Nepeta (Catmint), Sedum
Annuals Seldom Damaged by Rabbits: Marigolds, Heliotrope, Vinca Periwinkle, Ageratum