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How do keep rabbits off lawn without fence?

Asked by Charles (4791 points ) May 19th, 2012

There is now a suspicion that one of the reasons my lawn has brown/yellow/dead patches on it is because of the numerous rabbits visiting the lawn and eating and urinating and leaving droppings. Any suggestions as to a commercial product (or home remedy) I can use to repel rabbits? I would like to avoid the hassle and unsightliness of fencing or mesh or any physical structure/barrier.

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gailcalled's avatar

Get a medium-sized Havahart”: and drop the rabbits at least five miles away at a field or woods or riverbank.

I have used the small ones for mice, voles, and chipmunks. Except for the squeaking in the car on the ride, it’s straightforward.

Kayak8's avatar

I find that my German Shepherd does a great job of keeping rabbits off my lawn. I think there are several products that smell like coyote urine etc (predators) which might also work.

Charles's avatar

“gailcalled’s avatar

Get a medium-sized Havahart”: and drop the rabbits at least five miles away at a field or woods or riverbank.

I have used the small ones for mice, voles, and chipmunks. Except for the squeaking in the car on the ride, it’s straightforward.”

This would work if there were maybe a dozen or less rabbits within five miles of my house but there are probably 10,000 rabbits within 1000 feet of my house.

gailcalled's avatar

Consider it an exercise unit. Buy a dozen traps.

lillycoyote's avatar

I actually like the bunnies we have around here. They don’t get into my backyard anymore since I got the fence for my dog. So, I don’t have personal experience with bunny repellant but there’s this stuff called Liquid Fence that is for repelling deer and rabbits, I’ve never used it but it seems to have gotten very good reviews on Amazon.

gailcalled's avatar

In my experience, no products prevent the local deer from grazing. Only a fence (with the first 12’ buried and bent in a right angle) will keep the predators away, unless you have a hunter with the correct license and it’s the right time of year.

Coloma's avatar

Maybe try some Great Horned Owl decoys around the yard for awhile if you can;t fence the yard as per @gailcalled ‘s suggestion, and if you don’t have a dog.

Charles's avatar

there’s this stuff called Liquid Fence that is for repelling deer and rabbits, I’ve never used it but it seems to have gotten very good reviews on Amazon.

This sounds like what I need.

Lightlyseared's avatar

With a shotgun.

WestRiverrat's avatar

The liquid fence will work for a little while, until the rabbits get used to smelling it without seeing any predators. Owl decoys sometimes work, but you have to move them frequently.

You could pave your lawn and you will get rid of the rabbits, but that kind of defeats the purpose of having a yard.

rooeytoo's avatar

I used to stake clear fishing line around my garden, it worked very well. Might not be practical around your entire lawn if it is a large area, but it is non invasive and approved by the greenest of greenies!

Charles's avatar

I used to stake clear fishing line around my garden, it worked very well. Might not be practical around your entire lawn if it is a large area, but it is non invasive and approved by the greenest of greenies!”

I do this to keep birds from hanging out on beams and outward spaces on our house. It’s easy and it works and it isn’t ugly. But how do you do this for rabbits? How high off the ground? A couple inches? They won’t jump over or crawl under it? Does sound pretty easy though except for when I have to mow and edge my lawn – sounds like the fishing line would be in the way.

ragingloli's avatar

Traps. That way you get some nice dinners.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

If you had a few traps, each with a live rabbit in it, do you think that would deter the others from coming further. Rabbits are delicious so if you decide you want to eat them then they might stay away, similar to how fish disappear once they catch sight of a pole in your hand.~

augustlan's avatar

Are you really certain it’s the bunnies causing the problem? I ask because my ex-husband’s lawn always has rabbits in it, mothers and babies, every year. His lawn is pretty much perfect. The only thing they had to fence off was the garden plot, so the bunnies didn’t eat the veggies. Other than that, they’re never a problem at all. You might want to consider having your local extension service test your soil, or see if any neighborhood dogs are peeing in the yard.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Charles, @WestRiverrat seems to have more experience and knowledge of the Liquid Fence stuff than I do. But it might be worth giving it a try and seeing how it works for you, I don’t know. Other than that I don’t really know what else to do other than some kind of fence or barrier. Traps can work but there are a lot of bunnies out there, at least there are where I live ,and depending on the rabbit population, traps may be impractical. You either need something to repel them or something to keep them out. I’ve never had a problem with rabbits and my lawn, as far as I know, but my lawn is kind of a mess and not something I concern myself with much. I didn’t like rabbits going after my vegetable garden though and fenced that in. I don’t know how you might try to keep them entirely out of your whole yard without a fence of some kind.

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