Rabbit Resistant Plants

Rabbit Resistant Plants You May Want To Consider

Anyone who grows gardens, whether for food or pleasure, should be aware of the availability and uses of rabbit resistant plants.

The problem with rabbits is that by their nature, they overcome obstacles the gardener may put in their way. Since outright poisoning is usually not an option (for any number of reasons), the home horticulturist may resort to repellants, guard dogs, higher fences and alarm systems- none of which usually work. Rabbits are generally repellant-resistant, can wait until Fido is elsewhere or asleep, will find a way through or under fences (unless fortified), and couldn’t care bless about alarms. And if they are hungry or thirsty enough, even poisonous plants may not deter them from eating.

A decreasing number of natural predators coupled with the replacement of habitat by housing developments has further aggravated the situation.

Rabbit resistant plants serve the needs of both animal lovers, as well as those who see bunnies only as pests, but have no interest in harming the little nibblers. In either case, there are humane, aesthetically appealing, and environmentally friendly ways to protect plant life from furry herbivores.

What are the signs of rabbit damage? Look for damage that occurs a foot or two above the ground: patches of gnawed wood on bark or older growth, and smaller buds and stems sheared off at an angle. Then there are the telltale, rabbit tracks, and the bunny’s round, pea-sized droppings.

Which plants are most at risk? The obvious answer would be those that are out in the open. Protect them in one of several ways:

Vulnerable plants would include:

Which plants are least vulnerable?

The following list includes some ornamental grasses, shrubs and trees that, while not as small as many if the plants listed, do start out that way, and can provide a barrier for other, more tender vegetation.

Remember that if rabbits are hungry or thirsty enough, they will try to eat anything in sight. That is why fencing is still the only true deterrent. Proper plant choice and placement, though, will go a long way toward keeping all your vegetation safe and beautiful.