Rabbits can devastate a garden. Rabbits can eat your garden’s plants and vegetables, and you will be left with nothing. You can keep them out of your garden by fencing them. However, not all fences are suitable for rabbit protection. A Rabbit-Proof Fence:
Qualities: Wire mesh is the most common type of garden fence. Because the chicken wire is tougher than other types, even babies can’t squeeze through the openings.
Buried wire: Rabbits can dig under fences. To prevent rabbits from digging underneath fences, it is essential to dig at least one foot. Dig a trench eight inches in width to bury your fence. The trench should be eight inches wide. Lay the wire into the trench in an L shape, with the L facing outward. Fill in the trench. This L-shaped shape is the best for keeping rabbits out of your garden.
Electrified fence: Any creature that attempts to crawl under or through the fences outside base will be shocked if it is covered with a hot wire or electric rabbit fence. Two hot wires are needed, one-two inches away from the ground and one four inches away from it. The two wires will close a circuit and shock the rabbits when they touch them. The rabbits will be repelled by a garden fence charger.
Height: Rabbits are not able to climb high enough or can’t jump very high. Rabbits can be kept out by a fence of one-yard height.
Construction of a Rabbit-Proof Fence
This is a great option for large gardens.
- Supply List
- One steel fence post per 10 feet
- Chicken wire 60 inches wide — enough to circle your garden
- Fence clips are usually sold together with fence posts — five per post
- Shovel — To dig the trench
- Optional wires and charger for garden electric fence
- Chicken wire should be at least 60 inches in height. This will ensure that the finished fence is at least 36 inches tall
- It is essential to have steel posts at every ten feet to build a rabbit-proof fence. If the wire is further apart, the wire can sag in the middle, and rabbits will be able to get through it.
- Dig a trench that is one foot deep and eighteen inches wide to support the entire fence.
- Place the chicken wire in the trench and form an L-shaped shape facing outwards towards the fence’s outside.
- Attach the wire to both poles by pulling the wire tight. Attach the wire to the poles using five-wire clips, one at each the top and one at the bottom. The rest can be evenly divided between the two clips.
- Fill the trench with dirt
- You can attach two wires to the ground, one at 2 inches and one at 4 inches, to increase security. Then, electrify them using a garden electric fence charger.
Small Gardens Need a Portable Fence
You can make portable rabbit-proof fence panels if you have a small area of garden and rabbits are an issue. The panels can be stored in a container and pulled out as needed. These panels are easy to construct and require very few materials. If your garden grows, you can always make more panels.
- Each panel is 36 inches long by 2 inches wide. 16 for a small square
- Chicken wire pieces, 36 inches long x 36 inches wide, 1 per panel
- Staples and heavy-duty staplers
- Small nails
- Wire cutter
- Flexible wire
- Depending on the thickness, nail or staple the strips together to create a rectangular panel measuring 36 x 36 inches. To secure an area, you will need at least four panels.
- Use gloves to protect your hands while cutting the chicken wire into pieces that are 36 inches x 36 inches using wire cutters.
- Place the prepared chicken wire over the wood panel. Then, staple it in place. Pull the wire tightly so that there are no gaps.
- You will need to dig a trench 6 to 7 inches deep around the area that you want to protect with the panels. It should be as wide as the number you have.
- Cover the trench with a panel and firm it with your foot. You should cover at least 6 inches of the panel’s bottom with soil. Continue this process until all panels are installed in the small garden.
- Flexible wiring can be used to attach the top, middle, and bottom sides of the two panels. This will ensure that they stay in their place. Continue this process until all panels are wired at the sides.
Rabbit proof garden
The only problem is when rabbits eat your vegetables to the ground. These tips and directions will help you enjoy watching rabbits and not worry about them eating your vegetables.