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Rabbit Fence Saves Lilies

Hardware wire fence surrounding lilies.

Comment: Last year my lilies were completely ravaged by a family of rabbits! I tried all sorts of things that didn’t work (like a sprinkler equipped with a motion sensor). Since nothing I tried seemed successful, I scoured the web for several hours and finally found a solution on SFGate that has been 100% effective: a 2 ½ foot (75 cm) hardware cloth barrier buried in the ground at the base.

It has to be about 2 feet (60 cm) high or they’ll still reach the lily leaves. Plus, what you can’t see in the photo (because it is buried underground) is that you have to bend the lower 6 inches (15 cm) 90 degrees outward at the base; otherwise the rabbits will dig under the fence.

I thought I’d let you know in case any of your readers have the same problem.

My new motto: “Here, it’s not rabbits we put in cages, but lilies!”

Claire Sauvé
Montreal

Response: Thanks for sharing this technique. I’m sure many readers will find it helpful.

Laidback Gardener

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

2 comments on “Rabbit Fence Saves Lilies

  1. Those pesky wabbits! Mine used to eat everything but the grass. I even found them eating a yew hedge once but thankfully they are about the only mammal that can tolerate it.

  2. The lilies are beautiful!

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