I have several shrubs around my house that have been destroyed by rabbits over the last few years, we are at the point of no return now, there is nothing left. What should I replace them with. There is an image attached of the front of my home, the plants are right below the large window. Also, what is the best time to plant these? Is it still too early in the year? Thank you for your time.
Hennepin County Minnesota
We don't know of a reliable list of shrubs that resist rabbit damage. Experts at the University of Illinois put it this way: "The same plant may appear on the resistant list or preferred list depending on whose list is used."
However, here are some plants they recommend to at least try for rabbit resistance. Trees and shrubs – alder, birch, boxwood, redtwig dogwood, cotoneaster, deutzia, hydrangea, St. Johnswort, holly, privet, mockorange, large rhododendrons, spiny roses, elderberry, lilac, spirea and yew.
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In the long run barriers (fences) are the best way to prevent rabbit damage.
Early spring (April through early May) is the best time to plant replacements.