What a great time of year, everyone has a reason to eat chocolate, we have an extra long weekend and kids get to enjoy an Easter egg hunt. But instead of talking about what happens on Easter I will talk about the animal that represents Easter. The Rabbit.

Cuddly eating machines that could potentially ruin your garden, whilst they may not affect city dwellers much they can certainly cause a problem for the suburbs and countryside homeowners. They are typically easy to spot but even if you don’t you will know they are about when they leave their spherical droppings everywhere.

How will they affect your garden?

Rabbits have a notorious eating habit and they tend to eat what they can when they can. It may not only be the simple things like the grass they may go for your beloved flowers or even go for something in your vegetable patch, but they have been known to eat the bark on trees (seems like they will eat just about anything). Really as long as they can reach the food source they are more than likely to go for it. You can expect there to be a higher concentration of urine with all the rabbits roaming your garden causing brown patches to appear and we don’t that on your lovely green lawn now do we.

How do I stop them?

There are a lot of different ways to stop these little critters from running havoc in your garden. Fencing is a great option, we advise that your fences should be of 2.5cm wire mesh and 120-140cm in height. The bottom will need to be sunk in by about 30cm below ground level, with the lower 15cm (6in) bent outwards to stop rabbits tunneling underneath.

Animal Repellent may be a viable option if you don’t plan on eating any of the plants, the repellent is liquid based which is sprayed on plants which will leave a bitter taste this will hopefully deter the rabbits (and any other wildlife who are feeling a bit peckish).

There is also shooting and gassing but it is rather impractical in the garden and would need the help of professionals which is the same for traps and snares as they do have to meet legal requirements,

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