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Perennials that rabbits and hares WON'T eat


 
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 11:37 am    Post subject: Perennials that rabbits and hares WON'T eat Reply with quote

I have spent 3 years trying to plant up some beds and a rockery with perennials and alpines and every single plant sown has been reduced to a stalk or less by the hares coming in from the farmland around us. Possible shrews, rats, and god knows what else too, but I have often witnesssed hares having a feed on them.

Has anyone experience of same and recommend rabbit resistant ones?

Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a dog.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol

My cat would feel very put out, and in actual fact she has brought home 2 dead hare abbies earlier in the year which broke my heart.

I'd prefer a more humane method.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then that leaves an expensive option.

A hare-proof fence.

And it would look unsightly too.

What about one of those high pitched sound emitting devices? You might have to put ear muffs on the cat though.

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, but going in a different direction to what I want to find out -

I am just wondering if anyone knows plants that are not suceptible to rabbits.

We have quite a bit of land, mostly bordered with stone walls (Galway full of gaps variety) so a fence is definitely not going to happen. Also, the front gates are always open so even if a fence was there they could just come in the gates Smile

I thought of the high pitched solution before but cat would not be impressed. And she is a hell of a moody one when she doesnt get her sleep (23 hrs a day)


Thanks tho.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another solution. A plastic owl perched on a branch stuck in the middle.

Failing that, google rabbit proof perennials

e.g.

http://russellwholesale.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=page&id=29

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooo Ilike the owl idea!
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Checked your link. Fantastic! I hadn't even considered someone would have compiled a list. Yet again, the internet amazes.
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