How To Attract Bunnies To Your Garden

People who were lucky enough to enjoy "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" as a child may be surprised to hear that some avid gardeners actually want to attract bunnies to their garden. Unlike the crotchety Mr. McGregors, these gardeners seem to enjoy when bunnies share the happy space where they grow plants and vegetables and get some much-needed sunshine. However, in order to optimize your garden for frequent bunny sightings, you'll want to make sure your backyard earns their seal of approval.

According to Outdoor Happens, the best way to make your backyard appeal to bunnies is by allowing it to retain a bit of its wild side. This can be accomplished in various ways, from allowing a hollow log to lay on the ground (which may even attract pregnant rabbits) to planting large patches of ornamental grasses for rabbits to hide out from predators. Keeping a source of water in your backyard will also entice rabbits and other thirsty wildlife. However, if you do provide this service, be sure to freshen the water regularly in order to incentivize repeat visits.

Creating a bunny-friendly garden

Now that you've got bunnies happily hopping to your backyard, it's time to focus on your garden. Just like humans, rabbits have a selective appetite, so growing their favorite food is a surefire way to draw their attention. According to SF Gate, clover, lettuce, and of course, carrots, are going to be huge hits for hungry rabbits who make their way to your garden. However, some of your favorite vegetables may be keeping bunnies away. If you grow potatoes or cucumbers in your garden, consider moving them to another location in your yard in order to create a welcoming space for your furry friends.

If curating your existing garden to attract bunnies sounds like it will invite more problems than it's worth, consider setting aside a small place in your yard where you can focus on your goal of providing visiting bunnies everything they've been looking for. Like many humans, bunnies love berry bushes, so planting a few near your rabbit garden is a great idea. Be advised, however, that you may need to take steps to protect your personal garden from mischievous interlopers who hop over to see what else your yard has to offer.