How to Naturally Repel Rabbits from Your Garden

How to naturally repel rabbits from your garden?

How to naturally repel rabbits from your garden?

Rabbits feel at home in open and semi-open landscapes. You will find them almost everywhere, so also in the quiet forest gardens. The rabbit digs burrows and is mainly active at night. Depending on the time of year, they eat all kinds of greenery such as grass, branches, roots, and bark.

Typically a rabbit will give birth several times a year. Because they live in a group, they can cause a lot of digging and digging damage in the garden. If your garden is fenced all around with a fence, then the chances are much smaller than your plants will be eaten by the rabbits.

Natural homemade rabbit repellent

How to repel rabbits. Here are some recommendations to scare away rabbits

Keep the place clean: it is recommended that the entire area be completely clean. It is essential to remove the weed the site, lower the grass that may be high, and rake.

Use homemade repellents: This will require water, detergent, and a little spicy. As a recommendation, it is suggested to combine the elements with the hot water, so that they mix better. If you prefer we offer organic repellents that cover more than 3,000 m2 or fox urine

Chemical repellents can be an excellent option; it should be noted that those that are granulated or spray usually affect the taste and smell of rabbits so they will not approach the area in a while.

Use tree protectors: These protectors can be purchased at any place of sale of materials and requires wrapping the tree in its trunk up to an approximate height of two feet.

Planting garlic plants: frightens not only snakes and moles but also rabbits, so that planting this element can be an aid to keep the garden or garden protected.

Place a fence, with well-defined characteristics, such as that the internal part of it does not offer open spaces so that rabbits can strain.

Use of ultrasound: they are unbearable for rabbits and hares. It is essential to put it in the passage areas so that we prevent them from accessing these areas. It is not necessary to put it inside the farm.

Use of sounds: the noise of barking dogs, or the eagle’s shriek. These sounds associate them with human presence, hunts, or eagles that are their natural predator.

Fox urine rabbit repellent: Foxhounds are predators of rabbits, and smelling urine creates a feeling of fear in rabbits. Fear is genetic in rabbits

How rabbits harvest trees and trees

They have a destructive effect in their wake. It should be taken into account that they do not care to eat grass, some fruits or vegetables, or the bark of a tree.

Everything within reach of the rabbit can be devoured. A rabbit can eat plantation extensions in less than one night.

On the other hand, is your urine, it is usually highly harmful not only for plants but also for humans. The urine of the rabbit is very alkaline; it can have diseases that are transmitted through it.

Plants and trees that repel rabbits

Plants that repel rabbits. Some plants don’t like rabbits and hares, but the tastes of these animals also differ.

There are plants that they generally find very tasty, and there are plants that can be toxic. An overview of plants that they should not like can be found below.


  • Acer (Maple)
  • Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse chestnut)
  • Ailanthus (tree of heaven)
  • Alnus (Alder)
  • Amelanchier (Currant tree)
  • Aralia (Devil’s Walking Stick)
  • Arctostaphylos (bearberry)
  • Azalea Betula (Birch)
  • Buddleia davidii (Butterfly bush)
  • Box tree (Rand Palm)
  • Callicarpa (Schoonvrucht)
  • Campsis radicans (Trumpet flower)
  • Carpinus betulus (Common hornbeam)
  • Castanea sativa (Sweet chestnut)
  • Clematis (Bosrank)
  • Cornus (Dogwood)
  • Corylopsis (Schijnhazelaar)
  • Cotoneaster (Dwarf medlar)
  • Crataegus (Hawthorn)
  • Daphne (Pepper tree)
  • Erica tetralix (Common heath)
  • Euonymus europeus (Cardinal’s hat )
  • Fagus sylvatica (Beech)
  • Forsythia (Chinese bell)
  • Gaultheria (Mountain tea)
  • Hedera (Ivy)
  • Hypericum (Hertshooi)
  • Ilex (Hulst)
  • Juglans (Walnut, walnut)
  • Kalmia latifolia (Spoon tree)
  • Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip tree)
  • Lycium barbarum (Boksdoorn)
  • Magnolia x soulangeana (Beverboom)
  • Magnolia stellata (Stermagnolia)
  • Mahonia (Mahogany Bush)
  • Perovskia Philadelphus (Boer jasmine)
  • Platanus (Plataan)
  • Picea (Spar)
  • Pinus (Den)
  • Populus balsamifera (Balsam poplar)
  • Populus trichocarpa (West American balsam poplar)
  • Potentilla fruticosa (Ganzerik)
  • Prunus padus (Bird cherry)
  • Prunus serotina (American bird cherry)
  • Rhumnus (Dirt tree, buckthorn)
  • Rhododendron Ribes (Currant, gooseberry, black currant)
  • Robinia (Acacia)
  • Rhus (Vinegar tree)
  • Salix purpurea (bitter willow)
  • Sambucus (Elderberry)
  • Sorbaria sorbifolia (Lijsterbesspirea)
  • Spiraea (Muscle bush)
  • Stephanandra (Kransspirea)
  • Symphoricarpos (Snowberry)
  • Yew tree (Venijnboom)
  • Teucrium (Gamander)
  • Vaccinium (Blueberry)
  • Viburnum (Snowball)
  • Vitis (Grape)


  • Allium (onion, leek)
  • Asparagus officinalis (Asparagus)
  • Cucurbita (Pumpkin)
  • Lycopersicon lycopersicum (Tomato)
  • Petroselinum crispum (Carrot parsley)
  • Rheum rhabarbarum (Rhubarb)
  • Solanum tuberosum (potato)


  • Artemisia dracunculus (Dragon)
  • Mentha (Mint)
  • Ocimum basilicum (Basilicum)
  • Origanum vulgare (Marjoram)
  • Satureja (Stone thyme, savory)
  • Thalictrum (diamond)


  • Ageratum houstonianum (Mexican)
  • Begonia x semperflorens (Sowing begonia)
  • Calendula officinalis (Marigold)
  • Cleome hasslerana ( cat mustache )
  • Mirabilis jalapa (Nachtschone)
  • Pelargonium (Tuingeranium)


  • Acaena (spiny nut)
  • Acanthus (hogweed)
  • Achillea tomentosa (Yarrow)
  • Aconitum (Monkshap)
  • Ajuga repens (Zen green)
  • Agapanthus (African lily)
  • Alcea (Hollyhock)
  • Alchemilla (Women’s mantle )
  • Alyssum (Shield Seed)
  • Anaphalis (Siberian Edelweis)
  • Aquilegia (Columbine)
  • Artemisia (wormwood, mugwort)
  • Aruncus (Goat Beard)
  • Asarum europaeum (Mansoor)
  • Astillbe (Pluimspirea)
  • Bergenia cordifolia (Schoenlappersplant)
  • Brunnera (Caucasian forget-me-not)
  • Centranthus (Red valerian, spur flower)
  • Cimicifuga (Silver candle )
  • Coreopsis (Girl’s Eyes)
  • Delphinium (Larkspur)
  • Dicentra (Broken heart)
  • Dictamnus (Fireworks plant)
  • Digitalis (Foxglove)
  • Doronicum (Spring sunflower )
  • Echinops (Bullet Thistle)
  • Epilobium Epimedium (Elf Flower)
  • Eupatorium (Royal Herb)
  • Euphorbia ( Euphorbia )
  • Filipendula (Pluimspiraea)
  • Gaillardia (Kokardebloem)
  • Geranium (Ooievaarsbek)
  • Geum (Nagelwort)
  • Helleborus (Stinking hellebore )
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hosta (Funkia, heart lily)
  • Iberis (Scheefkelk)
  • Iris germanica and siberica (Lis)
  • Kniphofia (Fire Arrow)
  • Lamium (Deaf Nettle)
  • Lavandula (Lavender)
  • Ligularia (Cross Herb)
  • Liriope (Lily grass)
  • Campanulaceae (Lobelia)
  • Lupinus (Lupine)
  • Lysimachia (Wederik)
  • Macleya (poppy)
  • Malva (cheese herb)
  • Meconopsis (Corn Poppy)
  • Monarda (Bergamot plant)
  • Myosotis (Forget-me-not)
  • Nepeta (Catnip)
  • Pachysandra Paeonia (Peony)
  • Persicaria (Thousand knot)
  • Phlox subulata (Kruipphlox)
  • Potentilla (Ganzerik)
  • Primula (Primrose)
  • Prunella (Brunel)
  • Pulsatilla (Wild man’s herb)
  • Pulmonaria ( Pulmonaria )
  • Ranunculus (Buttercup, ranunculus)
  • Rodgersia Salvia (Sage)
  • Santolina (Holy Flower)
  • Saponaria (Soap herb)
  • Saxifraga (Steenbreek)
  • Sedum (St. John’s Wort, Sky Key)
  • Stachys (Donkey Ear)
  • Statice (Limonium)
  • Stokesia (Cornflower aster)
  • Tiarella (Foam flower , Persian hat)
  • Tradescantia (Day flower)
  • Trollius (bullet flower)
  • Verbascum (Torch)
  • Veronica (Speedwell)
  • Vinca (Periwinkle)
  • Viola odorata (March’s violet)
  • Yucca (palm lily)
  • Waldsteinia


  • Polystichum (Ferns)


  • Allium (Sierui)
  • Anemone nemerosa ( Bosem anemone )
  • Convallaria (Lily of the valley)
  • Corydalis (Yellow helmet flower)
  • Crocosmia (Montbretia)
  • Hyacinthus (Hyacinth)
  • Narcissus (Narcissus)


Particularly half-open, somewhat rural gardens are attractive for a rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Because they live in groups and get several litters a year, a group of rabbits can expand considerably. They mainly eat grass, branches, roots, and bark.

Rabbits can be kept out by fencing around the garden. The grid must be 80 to 100 cm high. If it is installed inclined to the outside and is also placed 20 to 30 cm deep in the ground, many rabbits would rather walk around. Keeping a radio on at night would help keep rabbits out of the (vegetable) garden because then they think there are people around.

Scattering granules and scented powders spread an unpleasant odor for rabbits and hares. Finally, there are pest controllers who catch rabbits with the help of ferrets, which hunt the rabbits, after which they can be tied into safety nets. The garden can also be made less attractive for rabbits or hares by putting plants there that they less like. 

Of course, taste differences also occur with rabbits and hares. And persistent severe cold, when the food supply is scarce, can also influence eating behavior. Then they would rather eat prunings than fresh branches so that perhaps some distraction can be ensured.

In addition to rabbits that are kept outside the garden, there are, of course, also enthusiasts who want to stay tame rabbits in the garden. They will be more interested in plants that rabbits like, or that can be dangerous for rodents. Below you will find plants that will be affected little or rarely by rabbits.


image credit: Gary Bendig

How to Naturally Repel Rabbits from Your Garden

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