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How to Install a Rabbit-Proof Fence

If little mister hippity-hop has taken a liking to your plants, put a stop to that furry thief by building a fence.


  • Step 1: Dig a trench Dig a trench around your garden that is at least 3 inches deep to prevent those pesky critters from burrowing under the fence.
  • TIP: Use ground staples to hold the fence down and prevent the rabbits from crawling under if you cannot dig a trench.
  • Step 2: Hammer in posts Hammer one metal post in each corner and then evenly space the remaining posts every 6 to 8 feet around the perimeter.
  • Step 3: Trim sections Trim the fencing into sections with wire snips instead of trying to cover the whole garden in one pass.
  • TIP: Use vinyl coated fencing, since it won't rust. Make sure the mesh is tight enough to keep the rabbits out.
  • Step 4: Attach fencing Wrap the fencing outside each post and attach it with cable ties.
  • Step 5: Backfill trench Backfill the trench and test the fence's sturdiness. Examine the perimeter for weak spots and be confident that you'll be the only one eating from your garden.
  • FACT: The Australian government was forced to build a 2½-mile long fence in Perth to protect the parks and reserves from rabbits.

You Will Need

  • A shovel
  • Metal posts
  • A hammer
  • Vinyl coated fencing
  • Wire snips
  • Cable ties
  • Ground staples (optional)

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