Rabbit Control

Rabbits are very cute, but can be quite destructive in the yard and garden, especially in winter. Damage can occur as a clean cut to young stems or a girdling of thin-barked trees. It’s helpful to remove dense vegetation or brush piles where they can find cover, and there are a few other tactics for preventing damage and controlling their presence in your yard.

Fencing

Fences with small holes, made from chicken wire or wire fencing, work best for keeping out rabbits. They should be at least 2 feet high with the bottom buried at least 3 inches into the ground. Young trees can be protected with hardware cloth with 1/4 inch holes and 18-24 inches around buried at least 3 inches in the ground.

Rabbit Repellants

A rabbit repellant is a liquid spray or granular with an unpleasant odor that rabbits avoid when they smell it. We have a variety to choose from including, Bonide Repels-All, Bonide GO AWAY Deer & Rabbit Repellent, and Plantskydd. Rabbits can eventually become accustomed to the scent of one spray, so it is recommended to use a different repellent every few weeks. Repellents must be reapplied regularly for continued protection, and must be reapplied after rainfall. Always read and follow label instructions.

Rabbit Resistant Plants

Some plants are less desirable to rabbits than others, so it’s helpful to plant these instead of their favorites. In general, rabbits are discouraged by very aromatic plants, prickles, spines, and tough, leathery leaves. Keep in mind that no plant is truly rabbit-proof; they will eat a wide array of plants.

Rabbit Resistant Plants
Annuals
Perennials
Botanical Name
Common Name
Botanical Name
Common Name
AgerateumAgerateumAlchemillaLady's Mantel
AlyssumAlyssumArtemisiaMugwort
CalendulaCalendulaAruncusGoat's Beard
CleomeSpider FlowerBaptisiaBlue Wild Indigo
CosmosCosmosBergeniaBergenia
DahliaDahliaDicentraBleeding Heart
DianthusPinksAquilegiaColumbine
Dusty MillerDusty MillerCoreopsisTickseed
PelargoniumGeraniumHemerocallisDaylily
ImpatiensImpatiensEchinopsGlobe Thistle
LobeliaLobeliaEuphorbiaSpurge
TagetesMarigoldBrunneraFalse Forget-Me-Not
Morning GloryMorning GloryFernsFern (except Maidenhair)
NicotianaFlowering TobaccoDigitalisFoxglove
SalviaSageGaillardiaBlanket Flower
Antirrhinum SnapdragonsGeraniumCrane's-bill
VerbenaVerbenaAlceaHollyhock
BegoniaWax BegoniaLavandulaLavender
ZinniaZinniaLeucanthemumShasta Daisy
Trees
ConvallariaLily-of-the-Valley
AcerJapanese MapleLobeliaCardinal Flower
JuniperusJuniperMertensiaVirginia Bluebells
PiceaSpruceMonardaBee Balm
Shrubs
PaeoniaPeony
AzaleaAzaleaPerovskiaRussian Sage
BuxusBoxwoodPhloxPhlox, Creeping 
Butterfly BushBuddleiaSalviaMeadow Sage
CotoneasterCotoneasterSedumSedum
SorbariaFalse SpireaIrisSiberian Iris
CinquefoilPotentillaVeronicaSpeedwell
RhododendronRhododendron
Bulbs
IlexShamrock HollyAlliumOnion
RhusSumacDaffodilsDaffodils
Vines
HyacinthHyacinth
ClematisClematisMuscariGrape Hyacinth
Climbing Hydrangea
Herbs
CampsisTrumpet VineBasil
Vegetables
Marjoram
AsparagusMint
LeeksOregano
OnionsParsley
PotatoesTarragon
Rhubarb
Fruit
Summer SquashCurrant
TomatoGrape
Gooseberry