Pam - 3216 Monday, 27 August 2012
Hi Chris, unfortunately I do not have a solution for you, but I can sympathise. I do not have rabbits (although I did in a previous garden) but I have a serious problem with possums. They have completed defoliated 2 large established trees and I have stopped hoping that they will miss my climbing roses. Not a single flower on my "wedding day" last year. Heartbreaking! I am trying to sort out what they eat from what they don"t but their tastes seem to change. At least rabbits can"t climb.
Deirdre - The Compulsive Gardener Monday, 27 August 2012
Pam - you could try wrapping a sheet of aluminium around the trunks of the trees so the possums cant climb up and of course prune any branches to make sure that they cant jump across from adjoining trees. We seemed to have had some success with this on our Pistachio tree... now all we have to do is keep the cockatoos off it!!
Margaret - 2122 Monday, 03 September 2012
rabbits are a great problem in my Marsfield area. I have secured the back garden by netting around the perimeter, but the front is open and the whole street area is a haven for these pests. Council said it is not their responsibility - contact Parks & Wildlife, but I have not done this so far. Hargraves Nursery has a rabbit bait, which is successful, but then there is the problem of disposing of the bodies! No easy solution, I am afraid. Margaret
Pam - 3216 Tuesday, 04 September 2012
Thanks for the suggestions Deirdre. I do have guards on 2 trees and they work, unfortunately the others were close to fences and tall trees in our neighbours garden. Interesting we have a pistachio tree and they have not bothered it. Their tastes seem to change from time to time.
Deirdre - The Compulsive Gardener Tuesday, 04 September 2012
Yes that is the problem when the possums can go from another structure or tree to the tree in question. They normally attack all the magnolias in our district but this year they didn"t seem to fancy them!
Lynsey - 2100 Monday, 24 September 2012
I"m happy to let the possums have my oranges, but what can I do about the ticks they leave behind? Our neighbourhood is full of established trees and there"s no way we can keep the possums out.
Nikki - 7325 Monday, 03 February 2014
The only consoling thing about this topic is that the problem is not unique to each of us. I thought it was just because I moved to Tasmania. I have possums destroying the trees where I am trying to establish a woodland area, rabbits destroying anything they fancy and Tassie devils from the creek killing and consuming any poultry not enclosed in Fort Knox type accommodation. The rabbits are relatively easy as we are in the country and my husband is a very accurate sporting target shooter. On a bad day I can even very briefly consider giving up gardening. There are a lot of plants that rabbits appear not to touch ever, so I plan to plant more and more of these.
Rosalind - 2756 Monday, 26 June 2017
I have had a lot of problems with rabbits - but they do seem to be discouraged by some aromatic plants. Rosemary and particularly wormwood put them off. You can plant these around the plants you want to protect, or cut branches and pile them around the young vulnerable plants. Lavender is supposed to work well too, but the rabbits will pull it out if the plant it is protecting is attractive enough to them. We also have a lot of self-sown tomatoes, which deter rabbits and also produce dozens of tiny sweet fruit. Plastic tree guards also work for small, newly planted roses, and other trees, shrubs or perennials.