How to Identify and Get Rid of Rabbits
I have a cat who is indoor-outdoor since adopted from the wild and he is a ferocious hunter. NO mice, voles, rabbits (or squirrels either) in our yard. Plus I have 3 rough collies ("Lassie dogs"). I brush them and leave their fur in clumps in the gardens weighted down by large pebbles. All this seems to deter the bunnies.
I always kept the rabbits out of my garden by doing a row or two around the garden with Marigolds. They don't like the smell an won't eat them. Keeps them from going further into the garden to munch on vegetables.
The rabbits ate ALL of my marigolds last year. They like the New young plants. If you can protect the plants until they get a lot bigger, they don't seem to bother them then.
Giant Hyssop as far as the eye can see! My “go-to” for convincing rabbits and deer to do their shopping elsewhere.
And they are GORGEOUS, smell amazing to humans, self-propagate via prolific seeds (while not being invasive), and the leaves make a nice licorice-scented tea.
The common names of the species are a variety of "hyssops" and "mints"; as a whole the genus is known as giant hyssops or hummingbird mints.
We have returning rabbits each year that dig under the brick wall into our crawl space. They have nibbled on the wood beams, and drive our house dogs crazy with their scent. We filled the burrow holes with quickcrete after they left for the season, but they dug next to it the following year. This year we will be cutting down 30+ year old peony bushes and other shrubs next to our home in order to install chicken wire both horizontally and vertically in our flower beds. I really hope this helps.
Do rabbits love hostas? Each summer I find my hosta leaves cut off with only the stalks left. Their favorite is Small leaved plantain lilly hosta. Could it be slugs?
I have found that deer will eat Hosta down to stems. I am trying shavings of Irish Spring soap around some new smaller Hosta this year and will also make a repellent with garlic as today I saw a large rabbit running from a Costa and found one of the leafs had been eaten! Good Luck!
Oh, my. Yes, rabbits love hostas! You’ll often know it’s a rabbit because they’ll eat the whole thing—leaves and stems. With young hostas, they’ll even eat the roots. Slugs are also hosta fans.
I tried the Irish spring this year for the first time and it worked. I grated the soap and sprinkled it all around the garden. I only saw a couple of plants that they had been eating. In the past years I pretty much had to protect everything.
I only have perennial gardens.
Plants are so expensive and some are very hard to come by, it's heart wrenching when you find your plants are gone.
Hope this helps!