The frolicking rabbits in my backyard and even in my front yard at the beginning of this year didn’t really bother either I or my hubby. But boy, does that feeling change when you try to plant flowers or you have a garden.

Though rabbits are harmless creatures, they can cause some major problems for us gardeners. How many times have you discovered your young flowers or even your garden plants eaten down to the root?

a wild rabbit in the backyard

For me, through the years it has just been too many to count!

And then when they take up residence under your deck you find they have discovered the perfect cover from man, beast and weather. This invariably makes for a perfect spot for those pesky rabbits to start their family.

Granted, I would prefer to live in harmony with these creatures but sometimes, you need to find a way to advert their natural tendency or risk just having whatever you have planted eaten by these creatures.

As my husband’s complaints got louder over his lost cucumber plants and as my own concern began to grow when I planted my flowers, I knew I would have to find some natural ways to get the upper hand of these plant eating monsters.

So, with a little creative thinking and in some cases, some hard work I found natural solutions to control the rabbits.

How to Rid of Pesky Rabbits from Under a Deck

Our first failed attempt at keeping rabbits from making a place under our deck was when we decided to put up some nice lattice fencing around the deck’s perimeter.

Now it worked fine until they (the rabbits) dug under the lattice fencing. Granted, it was good sport for my dog. She enjoyed chasing after them, or staring under the lattice fencing for hours at a time at the rabbit(s).

But as you can imagine, this guarded close up of a dog only encouraged the long-eared creature to take up residence under our deck. Huh! Smart rabbit he knew he was safe from both human and dog.

To get rid of this problem we did the following:

  1. Bought some chicken wire and new lattice work.
  2. Removed the old lattice work
  3. Dug 6 to eight inches down around the perimeter of the deck.
  4. Place chicken wire around the perimeter of the deck, using large stables to secure the chicken wire.
  5. Place the new lattice fencing over the chicken wire.

It should be noted that rabbits will chew their way through anything that is plastic or wood. So if you want to keep them out from under your deck use the chicken wire and use the lattice fencing as decoration over the ugly chicken wire.

Getting Rid of Pesky Rabbits in Your Garden

Now you would think a fence around a garden would be a deterrent for rabbits.

But yet again, their determination and our lack of chicken wire 6 to 8 inches below ground and around the perimeter of the fence, seemed to welcome the rabbits to our growing cucumber, tomato, and green beans plants.

Okay, I will have to admit; we felt a little lazy and really did not want to put that chicken wire around the garden. So we decided to try some different avenues.

Blood Meal

We got some blood meal or bone meal and placed it around our garden. It worked until it rained, then the smell faded and the rabbits returned.

And the smell does not last long anyway. It only lasts about two weeks before you have to apply another round of blood meal or bone meal around the perimeter.

Hair

We sprinkled dog hair and human hair around the perimeter. That worked for about two weeks. But since I only cut my husband’s hair we really did not have a ready supply.

Dog

We have a dog, and yes, she did catch one rabbit in the garden. But let’s just say, she really isn’t that much of a reliable hunter.

Why do I say that? Well, my dog on many occasions will be sleeping on our porch snoring away, while one or two rabbits are quietly munching on some grass a few feet away.

Marigolds

We planted marigolds, which still have yet to come up. I do know that marigolds do work, at least in my garden.

Last year we did not have any problems with any rabbits venturing into our garden and that was because we planted marigolds around the complete perimeter of the garden.

It is said that rabbits and deer for that matter, are not fond of the smell that the marigolds give off. But then again, it really depends upon how hungry they are when they are searching for food.

Onions

Some say onions are a natural deterrent to rabbits. Though the rabbits in my neighborhood do not eat the onions, its smell does not deter them in the least.

Home Repellent

We tried home repellent, but the hot concoction did not work. Of course, with as much rain as we have been having this year, I’m sure it washed the repellent off.

But to be honest with you, I never found the home repellent to help much. And true to form, the rabbits still ate our growing plants.

Cat

If you have an indoor cat, take the used cat litter and sprinkle it around the perimeter of your garden. It seems that the urine deters rabbits. Since I don’t have a cat, I cannot attest to whether it works or not. But my sister-in-law has found some success with this method.

Wire

Put chicken wire 6 or eight inches below the actual fence. In most cases the rabbit will give up and look for food elsewhere.

Bang!

If you feel that you exhausted all your options, the last resort is to shoot them.

Just kidding!

rabbits chilling in the garden

Now, let’s say the rabbits that have been causing chaos in your garden are super determined, and it appears you have exhausted all natural avenues to divert these plant eating herbivores, what in Roger rabbit’s name are you going to do?

Give up, sob quietly in frustration, then sit on the couch and pop in a Blu-ray copy of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (one of my all-time favorites by the way)?

who framed roger rabbit blue-ray 4k copy

Of course not! We are humans, we are the stronger species, we must be more determined! Please pull yourself together—don’t cry and watch that movie just yet.

If the natural avenues listed above have been exhausted, why not just try the ‘unnatural’ approach which is to administer the following repellent on your plants?

liquid fence rabbit and deer repellent

Don’t worry, as long as you follow the instructions on the bottle, this repellent will not kill your plants and your beloved pets. Yes, those peeving rabbits won’t be harmed as well and that’s important too because as displeased as I’m with them, I simply do not have it in me to cause them hurt. They are actually pretty cute!

The repellent is in concentrated form by the way, so it has to be mixed with water and then thoroughly spread over your plants and not forgetting their parameters as well.

It works great, but we haven’t completely abandon the natural way. In another area in our garden, we recently put the chicken wire in place around the fence, and then place blood meal around the perimeter while we wait until the marigold flowers bloom.

So it’s a commercial and natural repellent combo working in tandem. Do you think it is overkill? Maybe, but then again, if it keeps the rabbits out without shooting them (not that we own a gun), it’s a win-win solution for the husband, me, and the rabbits.