[nafex] Rabbits

Raby, Brian {20-4~Indianapolis} BRIAN.RABY at ROCHE.COM
Sat Dec 16 13:44:38 EST 2000

Question:  I know the standard of painting tree trunks and limbs with white
LATEX paint.  Has anyone tried to use a Thiram mix, generally thought to
repel rabbits from garden sites, with the Latex paint?  In theory, this
could be a formula to use to keep the rabbit from nibbling at the bark.
Sheridan, IN

-----Original Message-----
From: Big Swede [mailto:JFrisk at pionet.net]
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2000 12:37 AM
To: nafex at egroups.com
Subject: Re: [nafex] Rabbits

I have always found that in the winter you should keep pruning your trees
and throw the prunings on top of the snow.  Usually the rabbits will eat the
tender prunings first.  As it snows more do more pruning.  They liked pear
prunings better than applewood and didn't touch plum or apricot.  Judson L.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Gene Spears <mailto:Spears at LMC.edu>  
To: 'nafex at egroups.com' <mailto:'nafex at egroups.com'>  
Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2000 8:35 AM
Subject: RE: [nafex] Rabbits


HELP !!!!     The rabbits are starting to eat the bark of my little apple
trees. Does anyone know an easy way to prevent this?  
Jack Wigal
Washington, WV
[Gene Spears] 
    After a disasterous, rabbit-infested winter, I bought a lot of plastic
tree guards through AM Leonard (on-line now).  Not too expensive, easy to
apply & remove, appear to last several years (2 seasons so far and only a
little brittle and discolored), and they keep the rabbits off the bark.
They are only a couple of feet high, so if you get a really deep snow, you
might want to hustle out & slide them up the trunk a bit. 
      If the rabbits have already done some damage, you might try a caulking
gun and a silicon-based caulk to cover the wounds.  Someone on the list
suggested this to me & I think it saved a few of my trees (but not the
Honeycrisp, alas).
spears at lmc.edu <mailto:spears at lmc.edu> 

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