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Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 10, 2010
4:44 PM

Post #7876949

I got a newsletter from a nursery in Dallas, Plants & Planters and I thought their description of light was pretty straightforward and easy to remember. Further down it had tips for repelling rabbits.

When planting a new flower bed or considering a new landscape, it is important to determine what kind of light you have. Here are your choices.

Full Sun
No shade whatsoever past the noon hour.
Morning sun
Direct sun in the morning, No direct sun after the noon hour.
Filtered Sun
This occurs when you have large trees. You may have some splatters of sun all day.
No direct sun anytime of the day.

Rabbit Repellents
By all means if you have tried something that works for you…Please share!

I haven’t had any personal issues concerning damage from rabbits. I have a dog, and so do all my neighbors.
By testimonials, The following products that we carry have been tried and seem to work. All of these products are safe to use around your family and pets.

Each package contains 20 concentrated PEGGS. Each PEGG covers up to an 80 ft.. perimeter, and they last up to 5 weeks. They are also odorless to humans. I haven’t heard whether or not they work on squirrels.

Shake Away – Fox urine granules.
When the rabbits smell a predator’s odor, they conclude it is a “Dangerous” place. And choose instead to go to another area.

Blood Meal
Rabbits steer clear from the scent of blood. However it may attract predators or dogs.
It needs to be applied often. Also, blood meal is a source of Nitrogen and prolonged use can cause a nutrient imbalance in the area that it’s applied.

Homemade Repellents

I wouldn’t recommend this product because it’s not biologically friendly. The amount of product to make it effective for long term use, could be harmful to you and your family…it contains benzene and it’s also flammable.

Linseed oil Safe to use!
Mix 85 percent raw linseed oil with five percent detergent and 10 percent water. Apply to in the affected areas with a sprayer or a house-painting brush. Re-apply after heavy rain.

Hot Pepper (For ALL garden pests)
You can use cayenne, jalapeno or habanera peppers for this all-natural homemade rabbit repellent. Wear gloves when preparing this recipe and do not touch your face. Blend three peppers in a food processor and add water to create a liquid. Strain the liquid through cheesecloth to remove the particles, or they will get stuck in the spray gun. Put the liquid in a jar and add two tablespoons of vegetable oil, a squirt of white glue and a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid. Shake the jar to blend. The additional ingredients help the liquid cling to the plant and to the rabbit. If this does not dissuade the rabbits, make a more concentrated solution, up to 30 percent, and add some raw garlic cloves to blend with the peppers. Reapply every two weeks, to new growth and after heavy rain.

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