8 Best Rabbit Fences for Your Garden
There are many rabbit-proof fence options. Your choice depends on your budget, your patience for installation and how long you want it to last.
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Buying a Rabbit Proof Fence
If rabbits are driving you crazy, eating plants in your garden and otherwise being a nuisance, it’s probably time to erect a fence to stop them in their tracks. But before you shop, consider these factors:
- Time to install: Some rabbit fencing installs easily in just a few minutes. Others require significant time to build and set in place.
- Cost: You can spend a lot for a fence that’s easy to install. More budget-friendly fences are out there, but may require more effort to set up.
- Quality: You’ll pay more for a higher-quality fence that will last longer and look better. Given the extent of your problem, it may be a worthy investment.
Poultry fencing, also called chicken wire fencing, is a budget-friendly option for keeping out rabbits. Most poultry fencing costs less than one dollar per foot.
The Fencer Wire 20-Gauge Poultry Netting with one-inch mesh has smaller openings rabbits can’t get through, and it’s tall enough that they can’t jump over it. You’ll need to secure it to metal or wood fence posts. It also helps to bury the bottom of the fence a few inches deep to keep rabbits from digging underneath.
Coated Poultry Fencing
If you’re looking for something that blends into its surroundings better than plain poultry fencing, try Everbilt PVC Coated Poultry Netting. The dark green color integrates with the green of your garden, and the one-inch openings keep the rabbits out.
However, this fence is just two feet tall. That may not be high enough to keep out the most determined rabbits. To make it taller, add another row above the first.
Welded Fence Wire
Fencer Wire 16-Gauge Welded Rabbit Fence makes a sturdier fence than plain chicken wire, and the smaller openings at the bottom keep rabbits out. You’ll also need to buy posts and clips to secure the fencing. Because this wire is thicker and stronger than most poultry fencing, it should prevent rabbits from crawling under it.
Coated Welded Fence Wire
Another option is coated welded fence wire, like the Everbilt PVC Rabbit Guard Garden Fence. The green PVC covering makes the fence inconspicuous. Like the other welded wire fencing option, you’ll need to purchase posts and clips. Be sure the bottom of the fence reaches the ground so rabbits can’t crawl under it.
Cedar Garden Fence Panels
If you have a raised bed vegetable garden, a fence like the Greenes CritterGuard Cedar Garden Fence can be easily installed around it. It comes in two widths, 45- or 21.5-inches, and is 16-1/4-in. tall. There’s also a taller version that can be used as a trellis.
This fence is attractive, functional and easy to remove, allowing access to the garden.
White Vinyl Fence
Zippity Roger Rabbit White Vinyl Picket Fence panels are a great option if you want the classic look of a white picket fence to protect your garden from rabbits.
This fence isn’t the cheapest; a set of three panels spanning six feet can cost more than $13 per foot. But the panels are easy to install. The fence is resistant to both water and UV rays and comes with a 10-year warranty against cracking, splintering or yellowing.
Metal Fence Panels
For an easily installed fence that looks like wrought iron, there’s the Zippity Outdoor Products Metal Garden Fence. As noted by several Amazon reviewers, you’ll need to add chicken wire or other smaller mesh fencing to the bottom to foil smaller rabbits.
Black-coated poultry fencing will make it less visible. Cut the poultry fencing to size with wire snips and attach it to the bottom with zip ties.
Chain Link Fence Extenders
If you already have a chain link fence but the rabbits easily shimmy under it, install Dig Defense Small/Medium Animal Barriers along the bottom. Just be sure the rabbits aren’t already in your yard before you install it or you may have them forever in your garden! If you don’t have this fence installed, find out how much a chain link fence costs.