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Rabbits and roses - huge damage, can anything be done?

vesfl (zone 5b/6a, Western NY)
5 years ago
last modified: 5 years ago

Oh, no. This morning I saw a few of my roses damaged by rabbits. The next door neighbor likes to keep her entire back area strongly lit which then also reflects on my yard. I don't know if such strong light, especially when reflected on the snow, attracts rabbits at night but almost all of my roses planted next to her yard have been damaged/chewed on. I suspect that all other roses will continue to be chewed on and I'm afraid I can't do anything today because I have to get ready for my flight tomorrow at 6 am.

A couple of questions for my dear gardening friends: what can I do to prevent this in the future? Is it possible for a rose like my Ispahan or Reine de Violette, almost completely chewed down to about 1 ft, to grow and flower this season?

This is what's left of my Ispahan & pardon the bunnies' poo (it was useful to identify the overnight culprit)

Rabbits feasting on my Madame Isaac Pereire

Reine de Violette and I'm afraid it will not stop at this...

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