Keep Rabbits Out Of Your Garden With A Chain-Link Fence

Posted on: 12 March 2015

With the advent of spring, lots of things begin emerging from the ground. This is an exciting time of year for gardeners, as flowers, vegetables and fruits start sprouting up. It also can be a frustrating season, though, for gardeners who must deal with rabbits. This year, prevent rabbits from destroying your garden by installing short chain link fencing before they come up from their holes.

An Effective Measure Against Rabbits

Chain-link fences are an effective way to keep rabbits out of your garden. Even though rabbits can jump, a fence that is 4 feet high is tall enough to prevent rabbits from leaping into a garden. For, according to OneKind, rabbits can only jump about 1 meter high, which is 3.28 feet. A 4-foot fence will be too tall for them to jump over.

Rabbits may also try to go under a fence. To prevent rabbits from digging a hole under a chain-link fence, the fence's links should go into the ground. If rabbits try to dig under the fence, the chain links that are below ground will stop them from making their way to the other side.

A Green Alternative to Other Measures

Of all the methods gardeners use to keep rabbits away from their plants, a chain-link fence is one of the greenest options. Unlike moth balls or aerosol rabbit repellent, fences do not use chemicals to give off deterring scents. They just sit in place doing no harm to their surroundings. Even once they are in disrepair and must be replaced, which SFGate says takes 15 to 20 years, the metal used in the fence can be scrapped and recycled.

Vegetable and fruit gardeners see fences as a green option that will not pollute the produce they grow with harmful chemicals. Gardeners who only grow flowers for decorative purposes, though, can still appreciate how chain-link fences are environmentally friendly.

A Decorative Border for Your Garden

Vinyl chain-link fences can form a beautiful border for your garden. Stainless steel may clash with your garden's colors, but the metal in chain-link fences can be coated with vinyl. Vinyl coatings are available in an array of colors and affordable.

Whatever colors your garden will feature, a vinyl coating can help it blend in with or match those colors. For example, a dark-green vinyl coating would help a fence blend in with your garden, or a light blue, yellow or pink could match the flowers you plant.

A Trellis for Your Vines

If you plan on planting climbing vines, a chain-link fence can double as a trellis. Tomatoes, grapes, green beans, clematis, climbing roses and ivy can all be trained to go along a fence. Even though some of these vines can reach much higher than 4 feet by the end of summer, you can train them to climb horizontally along a 4-foot tall fence. They do not need an extremely tall fence, as long as there is enough horizontal room for them to grow.

Of course, rabbits will have access to any vines you plant along the garden's fence. Therefore, you shouldn't use the fence as a trellis for plants that you don't want rabbits nibbling. It is best used to grow fast-growing vines of plants that you enjoy but that aren't the most prized ones in your garden.

As you prepare your garden for spring, take action to keep rabbits from ruining all your hard work. Call a fencing contractor to discuss installing a fence around your garden. They'll be able to help you select a fence that is affordable, will last for years and will look great around your garden.