Check out these great ways to stop rabbits from eating hydrangeas. These tips will help to save the leaves, flowers and trunks of your plants. Try easy methods such as simple fencing, wire plant protectors, trunk protectors or electronic rabbit repellants.
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1. Wire Plant Protectors
Wire plant protectors are a good way to protect small hydrangea plants. These square plant protectors will go all the way around your hydrangeas to stop the bunnies away.
Push them into the ground to stop rabbits from digging under.
2. Trunk protectors
Trunk protectors are a great way to protect more advanced hydrangeas. Wrap these protectors around the solid trunks to stop rabbits from chewing on the bark.
Rabbits can chew all the way around the stems ringbarking and killing the tree.
3. Bunny barricades
Round bunny barricades are a great way to keep rabbits away from your hydrangeas. These can even protect hydrangeas as they grow taller. They come with pins to hold them on the ground.
4. Electronic rabbit repellers
Motion detecting rabbit repellers emit powerful ultrasonic sound and flashing LED light to scare rabbits away. When a bunny hops by it will be scared away before it can get its teeth into your hydrangeas.
You can get solar powered and weather proof versions that will keep in good condition outside.
Solid fencing around your whole yard is a great way to keep rabbits away from your hydrangeas. A solid fence that even extends underground will keep rabbits out. This is a good solution for small yards and can save your plants.
6. Motion activated sprinklers
Motion activated sprinklers are a great way to scare rabbits away from your hydrangeas without harming them. These solar powered sprinklers will turn on when the rabbits arrive. These sprinklers will squirt a high powered jet for around 5 seconds to scare rabbits away.
7. Owl decoys
Owl decoys or fake owls are a great way to keep rabbits out of your yard. These natural predators of rabbits can be a great way to scare them away. Place them near your hydrangeas to scare bunnies away.
8. Garlic spray
Make garlic spray at home to keep rabbits away from your hydrangeas. Check out this simple recipe you can make at home.
Add 4 cups of water to a saucepan and bring it to the boil. Add 3 tablespoons of garlic powder and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes. Let the mixture cool and then put it in a spray bottle.
You can spray this mixture on the ground around your hydrangeas. Make sure you cover the whole root zone and form a ring around the plant.
Spray the mixture again after rain or every week to make sure the smell stays strong enough to keep rabbits away.
9. Vinegar repellant
Vinegar sprays are a great way to keep rabbits out of the garden. Mix a 50:50 mix of white vinegar with water and place it in a spray bottle.
You can spray this all around your hydrangeas. Spray it on the ground and avoid spraying it on the leaves.
10. Chili powder and flakes
Rabbits hate the smell of chili so using it around your hydrangeas is a great way to keep them away. You can sprinkle chili flakes around the plant or add chili powder into a mix with garlic.
To make a chili and garlic spray, add 4 cups of water to a saucepan and bring it to the boil. Add 3 tablespoons of garlic powder and 1 tablespoon of chili powder and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes. Let the mixture cool and then put it in a spray bottle.
Spray it all around on the ground near your hydrangeas.
11. Wolf or coyote urine spray
Spraying wolf or coyote urine around your hydrangeas is a great way to keep rabbits away. Wolves, foxes and coyotes are natural predators of rabbits. When they smell these predators they will keep far away.
12. Blood meal
Blood meal is a natural fertilizer made from dried animal blood. This can be sprinkled around the outside of your hydrangeas to keep rabbits away. If your hydrangeas have started to flower, sprinkle it outside the root zone to avoid adding too much nitrogen to the plant and reducing flowering.
Rabbits hate the smell of blood as it is a sign that a predator may have been around.
For more on what smells keep rabbits away, check out this article: 11 Smells that Rabbits Hate | How to Keep Them Out of Your Yard
Check out this quick video with some easy tips to keep rabbits out of your yard.
Hydrangeas are a tasty treat for rabbits who will chew on the leaves, stems and trunks if they are hungry enough. Barriers and smells that deter rabbits are easy practical ways to keep them away. The best way to keep rabbits away is a solid fence around your yard. If your yard is too large, look out for wire cages or trunk barriers.