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Liquid Fence Really Works

So, the bunnies ate my chile plants. All the leaves and some of the stems down to nubs.

Replanted and sprayed with Liquid Fence. Man, that stuff smells like an 80 year old goat ate 50 pounds of garlic and peed all over my garden. But it keeps the long eared rats away.

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  1. They ate chili plants?! Yikes. Dem some tough bunnies.

    At the risk of jinxing myself I will second the recommendation of Liquid Fence. Apply early and often to start.

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    1. re: gourmanda

      They ate the leaves off of the chile plants. I had a dozen green sticks poking out of the ground. Once the plants get established the bunnies leave them alone. Its just a matter of getting a few weeks into the season. They love the baby plant leaves though.

    2. absolutely it works. I've used Hinder in the past with so-so results. About 3 years ago I bought a quart or so of the concentrated Liquid Fence for $35 or so. Expensive stuff. It lasted all season with some left over. (I try to spray every week or two) It smells absolutely horrible, which is why I've tended to not put it on my vegetables. But I guess you did this before the chilis appeared? (My problem is deer and they will eat the plant at any stage of growth).

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      1. re: DGresh

        my problem is rabbits. i sprayed while the chile plants are still small. i've only had to spray once so far, nothing has come close to them since spraying.

      2. I wonder if it can survive lots of rain.

        Made me laugh imagining those bunnies eating the chilis. Years ago I put pepper on some plants to keep the dear off. I walked inside, put the pepper in the kitchen and out of the corner of my vision I saw movement in the yard. Mama and baby deer plowing through my freshly planted snapdragons.

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        1. re: Sal Vanilla

          It seems that if I spray about every two weeks, it works fine, regardless of rain.

        2. I guess I need to try this. I just discovered Bambi and friends ate half my strawberry patch and my Fuji apple tree has receieved some pruning as well.

          1. No deer problems here, just snails everywhere. Darn organic neighbors or cheap neighbors don't bait them and so they will never go away. I use blue pellets by deadline to control them but it is an annual war. No bunnies here also.

            Bunnies at the Arizona place are controlled pretty well by neighborhood coyotes. They come in the neighborhood for an easy meal and cleanup.

            1. Stuff really works to keep the deer off the hostas and any succulent they'd normally eat. Smells of garlic and rotten eggs. You need to wear rubber gloves (that can be washed) when you apply it.

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              1. re: Paperchasers

                Well it didn't work for me; the the deer ignored it. I sprayed every week, followed the directions and the deer prevailed. The day after I sprayed the deer ate some beautiful asiatic lillies that were beginning to bloom. I don't know if it works for the bunnies as we have none. We have a family of fox living in our neighborhood, between them and the coyotes, the bunnies no longer exist.
                I did call the company and told them what happened. They sent me out a 5 gallon (for free)concentrate and told me to use it at a stronger strength. We'll see how that works.

                1. re: Living4fun

                  Deer are a huge problem here too. We use netting for most everything and it works great although I can see where that would be unsightly over flower beds. Our other option was 7' fences which was hugely expensive even going the chicken wire and stakes route and everyone I talked to that has used Liquid Fence was not happy with it because of the smell (they all said the smell didn't dissipate) and because the deer walked right through it. Just recently an old timer told me to lay a 2-3 foot border of chicken wire flat on the ground around the gardens. Seems the deer hate to walk on it because they fear getting their hooves stuck and unlike a fence, they won't leap it because they can't figure out how far it extends. Just remember to lift it up before you mow.