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How to keep rabbits from eating grass

Updated July 20, 2017

A garden can be a buffet for rabbits. During the warm months where grass, flowers and vegetables grow, rabbits will come around and help themselves. This could be a huge problem when trying to keep your lawn well-manicured. Rabbits have the ability to devour spouts, seeds and create holes. Homeowners can find creative ways to prevent rabbits from eating their grass, including fences and foul-smelling products.

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Basic methods

  1. Create a wire fence that encompasses the entire garden. Building a fence out of chicken wire is a labour-intensive way to prevent rabbits from entering the garden and consuming grass in flowers. Bear in mind that rabbits can dig, so make sure the chicken wire penetrates deep within the top soil, preferably 20 cm (8 inches) deep.

  2. Pour an animal-blood mixture around your garden to deter rabbits and other four-legged animals from entering. Many garden retailers sell commercially available products designed to spread around the bases of lawns and specifically within plants and other areas. Blood does not have any unpleasant odour and is not detectable to humans, but rabbits will avoid its scent.

  3. Insert oven racks around sections of your yard. Some gardeners have positive experiences placing steel oven racks around specific plants within the garden, as the rabbits tend to avoid these racks -- a rabbit will get jittery when walking upon the metal and hearing the sound that occurs.

  4. Apply a smelly spray adhesive to the grass. Many commercial animal repellents are rain-resistant, biodegradable as well as pet friendly.

  5. Use various trapping methods to catch rabbits and release them. Purchase a rabbit trap that you can transport to a location far from your home. Do not leave a rabbit within the trap for any unnecessary period.

  6. Place rabbit-resistant plants around the garden. Plants such as geratum, geraniums and marigolds will make rabbits stay clear of the area. The bitter taste of these flowers will leave a sour taste, and rabbits will go elsewhere to feed.

The hot pepper method

  1. Make a homemade repellent out of hot pepper that is organic in nature, which will deter rabbits from entering the garden.

  2. Add 2 tablespoons of hot pepper, preferably cayenne pepper, as well as 3 tablespoons of fresh garlic powder to a coffee filter. Twist the coffee filter close with a twisty string.

  3. Transfer the "makeshift teabag" in a pitcher and pour in about 1 litre (1 quart) of hot water. Let the mixture sit overnight; consider placing it outside where elements can cook it. The water will have a potent odour when the filter is removed.

  4. Pour the concoction into a spray bottle and add 15 ml (1/2 oz) of washing up liquid. The washing up liquid will allow the mixture to stick to the grass as well as leaves and plants. Concentrate the spray on areas where rabbits have eaten grass. After heavy rains, reapply the mixture to the lawn.

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Things You'll Need

  • Chicken fence
  • Commercially processed animal blood
  • Oven racks
  • Traps (cage)
  • Rabbit-resistant plants
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Coffee filter
  • Spray bottle
  • Washing up liquid

About the Author

Thomas Ganio began writing in 2006 for the "Northern Virginia Daily," a community newspaper in Richmond, Va. As a freelance writer, he has also contributed to "The Maryland Springs Gazette" and the Parks and Recreation Department of Richmond County, Md. Ganio holds a Bachelor of Arts in social science and English from James Madison University.

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