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Rabbit Fencing

21 Jun 2012
Cloudy 37°C / 99°F

I have found over the years that the only protection from rabbits is a fence. Dogs help, but a fence is essential. When I started the Kitchen Garden here at this house, the first work was putting up metal posts and poultry wire for a Rabbit Fence.

I didn’t build or install a true, formal gate because rabbits can get under or through just about any little opening. Thus I’ve settled on having one section of the fencing that is not permanently attached on both ends but free to be removed on one end so the piece can swing open for me to get in. Rough and ready and cheaper than professionally installed fencing, but it does the job.

This how-to helped me with planning for the basic fence:

I also used large wire garden staples to attach each section of fencing to the ground, using 3-4 staples for each section. Now that grass has grown through the bottoms they are even more secure.

The fence has also helped protect the garden from the wonderful little dogs who live next door. I’m happy to have them visit because they help keep squirrels at bay. But it would be better for the plants not to have a run-jump-tackle-dig game played in their midst.




What you say about a fence makes sense.

I recently tried Ro-Pel Animal Repellant and some human hair to repel the rabbits that are demolishing my green beans. A day later I saw a rabbit and a chipmunk or possibly a rat in the bed munching. So clearly neither of them did the job for me. Now perhaps I understand why there were so many packages of Ro-Pel available at Wal-Mart. I suppose if it does not work, then it won’t sell. YMMV

Posted on 23 Jun 12 (almost 4 years ago)

Yes, I was tricked by wishful thinking for a long time, too. The final straw for me was when I believed some writer in some gardening magazine who suggested putting dusty miller plants around plants that needed protection. Yeah. I’m here to testify that rabbits love dusty miller as a nice appetizer before they eat the other plants to the ground. The next day I started with fencing… first around individual plants, then around small sets of plants, then around the whole vegetable garden. then a ear or so later around the whole back yard. No more rabbit problems. I could turn my attention back to building soil, watching for bad insects, and growing plants. I hope you’ll find the right fencing approach for your garden, too.

Posted on 28 Jun 12 (almost 4 years ago)

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