How to keep rabbits away from my garden, flowers, and trees in New Jersey | Rabbit

How to keep rabbits away from my garden, flowers, and trees

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Eastern cottontail rabbit

Put up a fence. Rabbits generally do not climb. A poultry wire fence at least 24 inches high with the bottom tight to the ground or buried a few inches in the ground will effectively exclude rabbits from your plants. Make sure the wire mesh is one inch or smaller to keep young rabbits out, too.

Use cylinders made of poultry wire or hardware cloth to protect valuable trees and ornamental plants. Make sure the cylinder is at least 20 inches higher than anticipated snow depths to provide year-round protection.

A dome or cage of poultry wire securely pinned to the ground will protect smaller plants and allow preferred flowers to get a start before the cage is removed.

Laws and regulations to be aware of

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