Bone meal increases phosphorous in soil for optimal spring gardening results. Essential in the development of strong root systems, this element is released into the soil for up to four months. Slow, steady delivery of nutrients helps you grow plenty of big, blooming flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
Domesticated rabbits make affectionate pets, perpetuating the belief that adorable wild bunnies should be invited into the yard. While they might provide an opportunity for a stunning photo shoot, rabbits in the garden do more than strike a charming pose. Rabbits have veracious appetites and quickly devour flowers and vegetables in the garden. Keeping them out of the garden can be a challenge, but many report success with using bone meal as a natural repellent.
1. Dust the soil around the perimeter of your garden with bone meal to deter rabbits. Bone meal can be purchased in the gardening section of your local home improvement center or hardware store. It is made from processed bones that have been ground to a fine powder. Rabbits find the odor of bone meal offensive and may leave the garden to find another area to dine.
2.Sprinkle black pepper over the application of bone meal for added protection. Both black pepper and bone meal are safe around children and pets and provide a measure of control against rabbits in the garden, according to Bill Hlubik with Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
3.Reapply bone meal and black pepper in the evening, as rabbits tend to feed at dusk or during the cover of night. It may take several days of application to convince rabbits to find a permanent feeding ground elsewhere. Repeating the application once or twice a month after the rabbits have moved on prevents new rabbits from taking up residence.