Have you seen this adorable video making the rounds of the internet? Of course the tiny bunnies shown are cute as buttons, but the video has some excellent advice about rabbit nests in your lawn. Check it out.
Here are some highlights from the video:
- Rabbit nests in lawns look like a patch of dead grass. You may notice the patch seems to “move” as the baby rabbits beneath wriggle around.
- Mother rabbits only visit their nests a couple times a day, often in the morning and evening, to feed and check on the bunnies. This way they don’t lead predators right to their nests. Just because you don’t see a mother rabbit doesn’t mean she’s abandoned the nest.
- You can check for bunnies by carefully peeling up the grass. It’s probably best to avoid handling the rabbits, though. As long as the rabbits look plump and are moving, they’re most likely fine. If you know for certain the mother rabbit is no longer visiting the nest, contact a wildlife rescue in your area.
- Lawn mowers damage rabbit nests and can kill the babies. If you find one in your lawn, mark it and avoid it with your mower. Keep small children and pets away from the area too.
- Rabbits grow quickly. Within a few weeks, the’ll be grown up and gone, and you can repair lawn damage if needed.
Of course, there’s no doubt that rabbits can be real pests in the garden. They dig up bulbs, eat veggies, and can be very frustrating. If you’re dealing with troublesome bunnies, try these tips.
- Rabbits may be deterred by strong smells, like onions, garlic, red pepper, and more. Commercial repellents are also available.
- Physical barriers are often most effective for veggie gardens. Just remember that rabbits dig under the ground too, so a fence on its own probably won’t work. Try growing veggies in raised beds with fencing or netting to protect them.
- There are plenty of plants rabbits won’t eat, and planting some in your garden borders might keep bunnies from nibbling on the others. Get a good list of rabbit-resistant plants here.