Keeping my garden clear of pests

Littlesparrow1733March 3, 2011

I have a vegetable garden in my back yard but I apparently can't keep the rattlesnakes, coyotes and rabbits away! The rabbits are eating everything, the rattlesnakes are hiding in my bushes and the coyotes are attacking my animals.

Anybody have any advice?

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nmgirl(8 S.NM)

My first piece of advice is for you to acknowledge you have invaded their territory and now you have to play by their rules. You can spend enormous amounts of energy fighting them and getting nowhere. You'd be better off outthinking them and trying to find some form of compromise.
Raised beds, really raised beds, at least 24" minimum, 36" is better, and stiff wire mesh coverings will slow down the rabbits. Hog panels can be manipulated into good bunny barriers. What kind of rabbit do you have? Desert cottontails or ? They're hungry this time of year and are coming into breeding season. Do you have the funds and the room to keep a bale of alfalfa hay and a salt lick way out in the back 40 somewhere? Give them something to eat away from your garden.
Keep an eye on the coyotes, they'll raid a veggie garden too. While we're on coyotes, what kind of animal of are they attacking?
Yes rattlesnakes hide in bushes, that's what they do. Have you tried turning the hose on them to make want to leave? They're probably hanging around because of the rabbits. Of course you might have pack rats too, just as tasty!
Are the critters coming up for water perhaps?

    Bookmark   March 4, 2011 at 12:47AM
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Littlesparrow1733

We have desert cottontails and jack rabbits. I will take your suggestion with the Hog panels and try raising my garden :)
If that doesn't work then I will try the salt lick because that is an amazing idea! I never would have thought about it. I had my father gave me a suggestion about the rattlesnakes. He told me to either get a cat or try to find a king snake or bull snake somewhere. He said the king snakes will make sure to keep the rattlers away. I'll get the cat to be safe :) Thank you so much for the advice! I have a little girl and nieces and nephews helping me in my garden all the time so that's why I'm so concerned.

Oh and the coyotes attacked my Australian Shepherd Mix a week ago and I don't want that happening to my 2 year old.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2011 at 1:38AM
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