Dear Joan: We noticed a cuddly little bunny with a cottony tail filling our yard last year in an urban neighborhood. But now I suspect it wasn’t the same animal that was spotted each time.
Without a pet to chase them away, we notice little mounds of freshly dug dirt—and gophers aren’t the culprits. Epsom salts deterrent does more than just fertilize plants.
This may be the beginning of the end for our garden and perhaps other plants. Any suggestions before I become Elmer Fudd?
Tim Mitchell, Cupertino
Dear Tim: I can’t guarantee you won’t take away some of Fudd’s characteristics, but here are a few things to try before you start shopping for ushanka, the brand’s Elmer hat.
natural barriers. The most practical, if not the most attractive, way to keep any unwanted creature out of your yard and garden is with fencing and protective cages. Fortunately, you don’t have to make tall walls with razor wire to keep rabbits out.
Chicken wire, with holes no longer than 1 inch, is a perfectly acceptable barrier to keep rabbits in place. However, you will need to bury the fence about 6 inches underground to stop the digging.
You will also need a certain amount of vigilance to make sure that the fence remains intact and that rabbits do not find a way in. Consider it a hobby.
The use of plants as deterrent agents. The average rabbit’s diet is varied and robust, but there are some plants that they don’t care about. Plants with strong smells or tastes are in the hate column.
Planting these plants in pots or in the ground along the perimeter of your lawn and garden can help discourage rabbits from looting. These plants include basil, garlic, rhubarb, cayenne pepper, hot basil, and mint and are best grown in pots.
If you want to fill your garden with plants that rabbits are not likely to eat, grow sweet alyssum, lantana, marigold, geranium, wax begonia, vinca, snapdragon, sunflower, salvia, milkweed, mint, clematis, coral berries , juniper, lilac, rose of Sharon and spirea.
Remove nesting areas. Take a look around your garden for potential nesting places and remove them. Take care at this time of year not to disturb the active nests – they should be left alone and handled later. Rabbits’ favorite places are tall grass and overgrown areas.
scarecrows; Using scare tactics doesn’t always produce results, but it’s worth a try. Rubber snakes and owl figurines may work, but you’ll need to move them to maintain the illusion. Attaching reflective tape to a fence or piece of string may also work.
Forget the mothballs
Recently, Debbie, of Aptos, wrote to tell me that it’s illegal to use mothballs in landscaping, and she’s absolutely right.
I knew it was dangerous to use them loosely, which is why I recommended putting them in bags. However, I have now learned that their use outside the home is prohibited by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Please ignore my previous advice and leave the mothballs for its intended use, which is to protect the fabric from moths.
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