Rabbits, while cute and cuddly, can be a real nuisance for urban farmers. They can eat up to half a kilo of plant food per day. For gardens with lots of greens, 500g of lettuce/spinach/arugula per day can mean a large part of your crop. Rabbits are found in urban areas more often than many people think. While they usually inhabit wooded areas and meadows, they have also adapted to live in city parks, golf courses, and residential yards.
When it comes to rabbits, prevention is the best approach when it comes to dealing with rabbits. Once they get used to a feeding area, deterring them becomes much more difficult.
How to Prevent Rabbits And Deter Them From Getting Into Your Garden:
- Keep your garden clean and tidy. Limit debris piles, weed patches, or other areas where rabbits may live and hide
- Grow rosemary, thyme, mint, sage, and oregano. Rabbits do not like to eat these herbs
- Plant marigolds and daffodils around your garden area as companion plants
How to Deter Rabbits If They Already Are Getting Into Your Garden:
- Install a fence around the perimeter of your garden with chicken wire
- Ensure fence is at least 1 metre tall and buried under ground at least 30cm
- Support the fence with stakes every 2-3 metres
For more information, visit the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources guide on Living with Rabbits.
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