I have a secret: I’m outrageously jealous of the rabbits living under my neighbor’s house. They have no deadlines, alarm clocks, or bureaucratic nutjobs to deal with. They spend their days eating, sleeping, and having sex. There are no bad hair days, wrinkles, or calories to worry about. They are always cute and I can’t stand it.
But as envious as I am of their lustful, snack-filled lifestyle, my garden has become their favorite buffet. As they fuel up for round after round of naked bunny funtime, more and more of my plants begin to disappear. Last summer dwarf heliopsis, most of my asters, dahlia, sedum, beans, annual vines, etc were all devoured. They need to start eating my neighbor’s landscaping instead of my garden. So while the bunnies are locked in their latest orgasmic frenzy creating hordes of babies to further decimate my garden, I’m battening the hatches and waiting for their Bacchanalian festivities to end. What the rabbits don’t know is I’ve created a bunny blockade.
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Knowing bunny proof plants exist as stalwarts of garden mythology only, I had to take a more drastic approach. Since my four well-rested dogs hadn’t done much to reduce the local bunny population, I needed to figure out a way to keep the rabbits out of my garden so they could focus on eating everyone else’s plants instead. To do this, I enclosed my entire garden in green plastic coated wire fencing and created barricades for my fence gates.
I used whatever green plastic coated wire netting was available from my local hardware store.
Since eastern cottontail rabbits aren’t known for their jumping abilities, I only used fencing that was 2 feet high.
I used cable zip ties to attach the fencing to the black wire pet fencing that already lines my wooden fence. I started with the little zip ties but they drove me crazy and I soon switched to much longer black ties. I used landscape staples to secure the fencing into the ground.
Most of the fencing was attached from my neighbors side of the fence since I had too many woody plants in the way. My wonderful neighbors decided I was crazy a long time ago and don’t mind the rabbits. They may change their mind when they have no plants left.
I rolled the fencing a bit at the bottom to help prevent the rabbits from digging underneath.
I used square dowels to reduce the space between my gate slats so the rabbits can’t squeeze through the openings. It’s possible they’ll dig under the gate, but I’m hoping they’re not that motivated.
This was a really easy project!
I used a cheap piece of decorative molding to block the bottom of the fence. The pea gravel isn’t part of the bunny blockade. This area stays wet after it rains and the gravel helps with drainage.
Even though I’ve fenced in the back garden, there’s still plenty for the rabbits to eat along the front and sides of the house. Note to self: Encourage neighbors to plant lettuce.