Rabbits eating lawn

Asked June 20, 2020, 1:38 PM EDT

The rabbits are eating parts of my lawn/grass and also parts of my neighbors lawn/grass. How do we get them to stop?

Arapahoe County Colorado

1 Response

Hello,

Rabbits are a tough one that a lot of Coloradans are dealing with.

The best option is to exclude them from your yard if possible. Purchase some rabbit fencing and make sure to install it at least 6 inches into the ground. The holes in the fencing should be about 1" or even less so that little rabbits can't squeeze through.

If exclusion is not an option, there are a variety of repellents that will offer a temporary solution. They will need to be continually reapplied, especially after it rains. Rabbits find the repellents distasteful. Products like Liquid Fence Granuales and PlantSkyDD are a couple of repellent options.

You can also try Milorganite fertilizer. This has proven keep rabbits out of your lawn (though they will still go to your neighbors unless they are using the same fertilizer). Milorganite is a dried, processed sewage sludge product made in Milwaukee WI. It has an odor that rabbits (and voles, and to some degree, deer) find distasteful - so they leave your lawn and move to another lawn. It has to be reapplied every 4-5 weeks to remain effective. It is a slow-release organic fertilizer that can be applied to all parts of the landscape (lawn, flowerbeds, vegetable garden, shrub beds). It is sold at most Ace Hardware stores, as well as Tractor Supply stores.

Here is more info on rabbits: https://extension.psu.edu/cottontail-rabbits

Let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Lisa