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Kestrel
Mar. 20, 2012, 03:07 AM
I want to put a fence around my veggie garden that will keep the rabbits out (not to mention mark the boundary so my neighbors can remember where their property ends. I'm thinking that I want wood posts, top and bottom rails with wire "panels". I know I'll also have to extend wire down into the ground to keep the rabbits from digging under. But what kind/type of wire do I want? The no-climb I looked at was 2"x4", but I doubt that will keep the bunnies out. Any recomendations?

Joanne
Mar. 20, 2012, 03:26 AM
Can't give any advise about the fence, but you could add this and it would give neighbors second thoughts about being on your property

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jHYV6nJksw

CFFarm
Mar. 20, 2012, 10:40 AM
Good old chicken wire works fine unless your rabbits are really determed. And it's almost invisible from a distance. I have rabbits but they have never shown interest in the garden. Maybe because they have 5 other acres to nibble on.

Wayside
Mar. 20, 2012, 10:52 AM
Good old chicken wire works fine unless your rabbits are really determed. And it's almost invisible from a distance. I have rabbits but they have never shown interest in the garden. Maybe because they have 5 other acres to nibble on.

Yep, that's what we used when I was working as a carrot breeder. Since we were doing a large plot, we weren't very fancy about it, but chicken wire, some stakes, and a quick shovelful of dirt anywhere there was a gap at the bottom seemed to get the job done, and we didn't have too many unwanted visitors.

SmartAlex
Mar. 20, 2012, 11:23 AM
I'm thinking that I want wood posts, top and bottom rails with wire "panels". I know I'll also have to extend wire down into the ground to keep the rabbits from digging under. But what kind/type of wire do I want?

You are on the right track. The framework is important and expensive, but it you do it right it will last. We were trying to keep out both bunnies and deer. We ended up with hog panels with a skirt of finer mesh wire added on. If you dig foot boards in, the wire doesn't have to be into the ground. Depending on how industrious your rabits are, 2x6 will do it, and just patrole for signs of activity.

http://2manytomatoes.blogspot.com/2010/05/hog-pen.html

You can sort of see the two wires here. http://2manytomatoes.blogspot.com/2011/07/evolution-of-garden.html
Also, we put gravel side walks on two sides. A mulched strip with landscape fabric on the other two. A rabbit would have to be pretty darn hungry to find it worth their while.

sunridge1
Mar. 20, 2012, 12:00 PM
Kind of hard to see but this is the green coated garden fencing. Keeps everything out but the smallest of rodents.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f100/sunridge/IMG_1466.jpg

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f100/sunridge/IMG_1465.jpg

Nes
Mar. 20, 2012, 02:56 PM
If you want something tall, you can get specialized wire that has larger openings at the top and smaller down the bottom where you need it (so it's slightly less expensive then all small wire).

Red Brand has it.

Bluey
Mar. 20, 2012, 03:40 PM
Don't use 2"x2" chain link, rabbits just squeeze thru it without care.
So do skunks.:(

Chicken wire or smaller for the bottom 2' at least.

If you are not going to garden big, think about containers off the ground.

Kestrel
Mar. 20, 2012, 08:07 PM
Thanks for all the advice! This will be a large triangular area that sits along the property line with neighbors who are currently encroaching on our property by about 25 feet. The fence needs to be sturdy and look somewhat "landscape-ish". The neighbors have 3 kids and an English Mastiff that leaves poops the size of a horse.

So if I use the 2"x4" no climb, I can put chicken wire on the bottom 2' on the inside to keep the rabbits out? Our rabbits are tiny, so I'm not sure 2" will keep young ones out. I will be building raised beds inside the fenced area, but I have seen the rabbits jump up on benches to get to plants they want so I don't trust them not to get into the beds.

Joanne, I would love to use the chaser on the woman next door, but I would feel bad about hitting the toddlers.

PiaffePlease
Mar. 20, 2012, 11:09 PM
Kind of hard to see but this is the green coated garden fencing. Keeps everything out but the smallest of rodents.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f100/sunridge/IMG_1466.jpg

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f100/sunridge/IMG_1465.jpg

This is what I use as well. I had a bunch of it when we put in a temporary fence for my dogs. I fence the garden in mostly to keep the dog out but we have rabbits too and they havent touched the plants.

sunridge1
Mar. 21, 2012, 09:25 AM
There are rabbits in our yard every night. So far they have never gone into the veggie garden. We also put it up mostly to keep the domestics out. Chickens, dogs, cats, even horses when I sometimes let them graze in the yard.

But I also have dogs and cats prowling about so most small critters are very wary in the open.

Samigator
Mar. 21, 2012, 10:05 AM
wow, Brita, your garden has transformed, it is magnificient!

Just thought I'd commiserate with you and your rabbit problem. We built our fence around our garden to keep the rabbits out (and the dogs) because we've got about a million rabbits here, and it has worked great. Never had a break in. We just used hardware cloth along our rail fencing. Just tacked it down to attach it to the wood, and ran it to the ground (didn't have to bury it, when the grass comes up, makes it almost impossible to move it anyhow, and it looks nice too.

Here are some photos: http://minnesotagrown.blogspot.com/2009/05/its-almost-too-easy.html

whicker
Mar. 21, 2012, 10:31 AM
The toddlers might think it's fun. Never under estimate the curiosity of a youngster. At 4 years old, they may take it apart...:winkgrin: ( I had very active twin boys..)

Wayside
Mar. 21, 2012, 01:56 PM
I will be building raised beds inside the fenced area, but I have seen the rabbits jump up on benches to get to plants they want so I don't trust them not to get into the beds.

You're right about that. Last year a mother bunny tried to make a nest and move her babies into the raised bed that holds my strawberry plants. :mad: So yeah, I wouldn't trust raised beds to keep your plants safe from rabbits.

CFFarm
Mar. 22, 2012, 10:37 AM
You could be slightly evil and grow something brambly or thorny (blackberries or spreading roses) around the border to keep kids and dogs from getting too close.;)

SmartAlex
Mar. 22, 2012, 11:18 AM
You're right about that. Last year a mother bunny tried to make a nest and move her babies into the raised bed that holds my strawberry plants. :mad: So yeah, I wouldn't trust raised beds to keep your plants safe from rabbits.

Last year I had a rabbit decide to dig under my strawberry bed cages. As you can see here http://2manytomatoes.blogspot.com/2011/05/spring-garden-project-3-strawberry.html
It wouldn't be hard since they're not buried or pinned down or anything. Or at least they weren't when she started. I did make it so she had to dig to get under. But what the HECK do you do when the rabbit family is INSIDE the cage?!? I felt like Farmer MacGregor. I am now very vigilant about dig ins.

Kestrel
Mar. 22, 2012, 05:15 PM
CFFarm, the blackberries that are already in there didn't even slow the neighbors down. They just cut and poisioned them. It's looking like we may have to go to a 6' or 8' board fence on the common border (luckily it's on the North side!). The neighborhood architectual committee came and looked it over and gave us their blessing, and the city doesn't require a permit if the fence is 8' or under. We would use the wood-framed no-climb on the other sides.

I'm thinking about putting either weed barrier or 1'x1' pavers along the fence to deter the rabbits. Does the landscape fabric work? It would cost a lot less.