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Rabbits Pose Problems for Plants

Posted: Monday, October 22nd, 2018 at 6:25 am

Area growers and gardeners are reminded of the threat that rabbits pose to area plants by the Iowa State University Extension Office.

The animals cause damage by girdling the trunks or major branches and at times completely severing growing points. Winters with large amounts of snowfall are usually accompanied by heavier damage, with tree bark serving as a major food source. The animals prefer trees with thin bark such as willows, poplars and apple, but maple and ash trees are also targets. Fencing is the most effective method of protecting your plants from rabbits. For more information contact the Washington County Extension Office.