How to install a rabbit guard fence

Updated November 21, 2016

Though you may think that rabbits are cute in a pet shop, in a garden they can be a real nuisance. If rabbits try to invade your garden, you can install a fence to keep them out. Rabbit guard fences are readily available and easy to install.

Buy fencing. Check out your local garden centre for a ready-made selection of rabbit fences. You can also buy fencing of your own, including chicken wire; just be sure that the holes in the fence are small -- 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inches) or less so the rabbits cannot squeeze through these openings. Buy fencing that is at least 1.2 m (4 feet) tall.

Dig a trench around your garden, approximately 30 cm (1 foot) deep. The trench does not have to be very wide; only wide enough to allow the fencing to rest down inside it. Create this trench by digging the point of your shovel into the soil in a circle around the circumference of your garden.

Insert the fencing into the trench. As you do this, push the soil back into the trench and pack it around the fence to secure it. Depending on the type of fencing you purchase, you may have to install stakes first and the fencing next. Burying the fence into the ground will help keep the rabbits from burrowing under the fence rather than trying to jump over it.

Add extra precautions. After you install your fence, you can beef up its deterrence factor by adding in some rabbit-repelling products. Sprinkle dried blood or fox urine around the fence -- both are available at garden centres. Or try human hair -- check a local hairdressers, or ferret faeces. According to master gardener Lisha Utt, all of these things should help to repel the rabbits and keep them from trying to get past your fence.


If you add in rabbit repellents, you will have to replace them after a rain.

Things You'll Need

  • Rabbit guard fencing
  • Shovel
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