Roses can help save other plants from rabbits

rabbit with daisies
Photo illustration by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

I was intrigued by this tip. I have rabbits in my yard, and in the spring they munch on everything, including my rose bushes. But here is a way to use the canes from rose bushes to protect your other plants from hungry rabbits.

This tip was shared by a reader named Susan:

We had problems with rabbits munching our morning glory vines (or any lovely vine, for that matter). When I trimmed the rose bushes, I put the dead thorny branches at the base of the vine and it did the trick! Plus no ingredients that can harm beneficial bugs.

Get more tips on dealing with rabbits here.

If you have a tip on how to prevent damage by rabbits or deer, or if you have a tip on any other gardening topic, please share by leaving a comment below.

2 Comments on “Roses can help save other plants from rabbits

  1. Hi Lyn, what a great tip! I have a hosta in a pot. I expect to see oak trees next spring because the squirrels kept planting acorns for me. I’ll try the pea gravel next year.

  2. To keep squirrels and chipmunks from digging up potted plants, put a layer of pea gravel covering the top of the soil after the container is planted. The sharp gravel hurts their paws and they don’t bother your containers.

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