If you live somewhere outside a large urban area – even in the suburbs – you probably have rabbits nearby. And even in the city center, if there are small fields near you, rabbits can be a problem. Invading lawns and gardens of innocent homeowners is the way they tend to survive in these places.
As cute as they look in photos and at Easter, rabbits can do significant damage to your lawn, garden and landscaping. They will eat many different plants and flowers, leaving a little more than the roots. But with a simple and inexpensive fence you can avoid these problems.
There are two things to keep in mind when planning your fence:
1. Rabbits can dig
2. They can sneak through some bottlenecks
Rabbits are usually above ground – they are not digging animals. But they make homes by digging in the ground and making small tunnels or caves to protect them from the elements. If your fence only reaches the ground or just above it, rabbits can easily dig under it.
When erecting your fence, the best way to avoid rabbits digging underneath is to bury a chicken wire or mesh fence 6 to 8 inches below the fence itself.
The other consideration is the distance between the slats in your fence. A small rabbit can drill a hole only a few inches wide, so make sure the slats are close enough together to prevent them from passing.
The price of the materials will have some significance for the way you build your fence, especially since the convergence of the slats means that you will need more of them. If you have a budget, a chain link may be a better choice. The holes in the standard chain link fences are small enough to prevent rabbits.
Another option, if you prefer the design of poles and rails, but want to reduce costs, is to use a wider distance and add it with chicken wire or mesh at the bottom 2-3 feet. Rabbits can jump quite high, but they can’t jump that high and break through the slats at the same time.
If you choose this route, make sure that the net is not a material that can be easily chewed. Rabbits can chew through vinyl and plastic mesh, so choose a strong material.
Another option to minimize the cost of your fence is to build smaller fences are the most important areas of your yard. If you fence your garden with a fence, for example, it can protect it from rabbits, while not costing that much.
You can even plant an area with clover or some other fast-growing greenery, which can be an enticing snack for rabbits, and help protect them from areas where you don’t want them.