Gardening is becoming more prevalent in families as a bonding tool, a money saver, and a way to disconnect and reconnect with Mother Earth. How gratifying is it to have your local produce star at dinner?
Just as there are tons of benefits to be gained from gardening, there can be one overwhelming downside – pests. And one of the naughtiest garden thieves you might have to deal with is the rabbit.
Imagine working tirelessly, fertilizing, trimming, weeding and watering your precious pasture, just to have it invaded by Peter Cottontail and his crew.
Now, before you jump into Full Metal Jacket and prepare for war, think about what this means for the Rabbit and your garden. Generally gentle creatures, rabbits are known as a sign of good luck. Luckily, there are ways to keep them away from your garden without picking up a rabbit’s foot for a keychain.
The use of harmful substances such as poisons, fumigation tools or pesticides could be harmful To you and your family. Not to mention the fact that buying all these items and their accessories can get expensive.
Let’s stick to the natural ways that are cost-effective and non-toxic.
Following the four simple tips below will help keep rabbits away, which will save your garden and your wallet.
How to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Yard Using Four Simple Tips
1. Use coffee grounds or roasted coffee beans.
Rabbits have a strong aversion to the smell that coffee can emit. Used coffee grounds can be used as great compost, and while you’re at it, spread the used coffee grounds into the soil to blast the bunnies away from your plants.
If you brew coffee at home every day, take the grounds and place them in a container. Next, distribute the ground evenly around the area where you see the most rabbit traffic.
If you like to have your cup of coffee while in transit, ask your local coffee shop to allow you to take the grounds from the day before’s brews.
Not a coffee drinker? You can take coffee beans or grounds and follow the same process. Remember to mix in the soil thoroughly.
2. Plant strong-smelling herbs.
Rabbits are attracted to plants they like to eat. Keep them away by planting strong-smelling herbs outside the perimeter of your garden. No matter what type of garden you have – container, raised bed or rows, the pests will come.
Herbs like mint, rosemary, and basil may be aromatic to us, but the smell has the opposite effect on rabbits. You can plant the herbs in a container or directly in the ground. Either way, create a barrier around your garden to help repel our furry friends.
Herbs tend to take over. Keep a daily routine of harvesting and pruning herbaceous plants so they don’t overgrow your garden.
3. Spread squares of soap and water in high traffic areas.
I know what you’re thinking – give the bunny a bath? Not enough. Soaps that have a strong smell can deter rabbits from wanting to enter the garden.
There are several ways to make this trick work.
- First, take a bar of soap, like Irish Spring, and cut it into small squares.
- Then take the squares and put them in cheesecloth or a mesh bag.
- Then lay out the squares or place the soap bag in the high traffic area.
Watch your plants carefully in the days and weeks that follow to see if there is any improvement in the kill.
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4. Spray a mixture of soap and water in the garden.
If you plan to frequent your garden several times a day, you can do it a little differently.
Option number 2:
- Take the same type of soap, cut it into small squares or make shavings.
- Then place it in a spray bottle. Add water to the bottle and shake until it foams.
- Spray this mixture each time you visit your garden.
The same smell will come from the mixture as the above method. Either way, rabbits aren’t fans of the smell and will stay away from your yard.
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Whether you’re a master gardener or just adding a little green to your thumbs, these tips will help you keep rabbits out of your garden and produce on your table.
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Ty Booker Griffin is associate editor and writer for YourTango.