Last March there was a good amount of snow on the ground and it was very cold. It was a long winter – especially temperature-wise.
The bunnies living in the neighborhood (I’d swear they are living under my deck) were obviously hungry. The snow was too deep to forage at their level, so they climbed the snow piles and fed on whatever they could find. In my garden it was the espaliered fruit trees.
I was not a happy bunny.
They did a god job of almost girdling two dwarf apple trees, one dwarf pear tree and one columnar apple tree (lead photo). The bastards.
Short of posting hasenpfeffer recipes at rabbit-eye-levels around the garden, I wasn’t sure what I could do to protect my favorite trees.
Not sure where I’d seen it or if I’d read about it before, I decided to wrap foil around the tree trunks where they were chewed last year. I think my grandad did this back when I was a kid.
It was either wrap the trees in foil, or wrap the rabbits (and cook at 425º for 45 minutes, uncover and bake for 15 minutes more).
The trees survived last year’s bunny massacre, but I was seriously worried for the one tree that had the most damage.
I’m sure I could easily go down the rabbit hole of rabbit deterrent methods – trapping, poisons, smelly sprays, ultrasonic devices, or getting a dog. Is there anything you do to rid yourselves of these miniature hellhounds in the form of snugly bunnies?