We’ve all heard the children’s story about Peter Rabbit and how much he loved rummaging through gardens. As a child, you always rooted for Peter to sneak his veggies and make it back home safe and sound. Now, as an adult you may start to feel like Mr. McGregor might’ve been a little misunderstood after all. Especially if you own a garden!
Rabbits are cute little critters that can be very popular around this time of year. But, one thing that isn’t so cute about them is how destructive they can be to your plants and gardens this spring. To protect your produce from any unexpected visitors including rabbits, raccoons, or deer, make sure you follow these simple steps below that are safe for them and you!
Building fencing or wiring around your garden is one of the most effective ways to keep your mischievous guests out of your lawn. It enables a barrier between your precious plants and the hungry wildlife that want to snack on it. Although fencing can be very effective, it can also be expensive. Consider what types of materials you will need and how much of square footage you are working with before heading to the hardware store.
Raised Garden Beds
Most raised garden beds are used to prevent weeds from growing in your garden, but are also a good way to deter animals from invading as well. Raised beds are often made of wooden planks, stones, bricks or concrete blocks and built at least 2′ off the ground to make sure that it will keep most rabbits out. You’ll also need quality soil in order to make sure your plants and vegetables flourish. Keleny offers quality top soil that will help provide nutrition and a proper home for your garden.
Add Plants that Rabbits Don’t Find Tasty
If you know the type of animal that is invading your garden or landscape that will help you find out the type of plants you can add that will help them stay away. For rabbits, they find Azalea, boxwood, lamb’s ear, peony and marigolds very unappealing. And Bleeding hearts, daffodils, hyssop, and mullein are plants that can repel deer. Try planting a mix of these to make sure you’re covering all of your bases to make your garden look less appealing to your furry foes.
Having wildlife visitors is a wonderful thing about nature but the destruction they can do to your vegetables and flowers can be terrible. Don’t let all of your hard work go to waste. Try one or all of these tips to make sure your garden beds are safe to grow another day. For more ideas or help with your landscape, reach out to Keleny. We know good dirt!