Let me start by saying that I love wildlife. I am a feeder of birds, I have
a pond with many fish, a hummingbird feeder and the like. I also have many
flower gardens and a vegetable garden. I also grow sunflowers to feed the
birds later in the fall, but there is a rascally rabbit that is eating them
down to nubs. I have heard that blood meal will deter them, has anyone else
had luck with this? I also know that garden centers sell deer and rabbit
deterrent. Can anyone recommend a brand or one of these items over another?
I have tried putting seed down for him/her and thought about just buying
rabbit pellets, but I'm sure she prefers fresh foliage over any of these
things. She is steadily working her way towards our vegetable garden and
has already taken out one of my new trees that I just received a month ago
from the Arbor Day Foundation. I think it may be a momma as our neighbors
just discovered a rabbit nest in their back yard so soon there will be about
6 or 8 more to join her at meal times. Help!
I would love a dog....later rather than sooner. Had two Cocker Spaniels for
12+ years and lost both within a year of the other this past fall...can't
bring myself to get another dog just yet.....maybe I could "borrow" my
Coast of Maine makes a fermented salmon deterrent that's great, albeit a bit
pricey if you're using it on a large area:
Click on order form, then Deer Repellant 32 oz.
Beware that it is stinky beyond description. Think of the most fetid pair
of sneakers you've ever smelled, then multiply 10x. The smell dissipates
fairly quickly (to the human nose) after application, but is still strong
enough to discourage the wildlife.
Surround your vegetable garden with steel "T" posts and chicken wire.
Use 3" limbs on the bottom at the ground and stable the chicken wire
to this. The green chicken wire is barely noticeable. It will keep
out rabbits, but not groundhogs possums or squirrels (you'll need an
electric fence for that).
Blood meal works but as soon as the rain washes it off, it becomes
ineffective. I could not find blood meal at a reasonable price, but
you may have better luck. Spread the blood meal in a 3" wide border
around the garden. Rabbits generally sniff the ground before
approaching an area. There are several other materials you could try
besides blood meal, but blood meal provides some useful nitrogen for
your plants. A dog makes a useful deterrent.
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