Late last spring, as food sources got scarce, one of these rabbits pruned the lower branches of our Evan’s Cherry tree and pretty much mowed down a Romance Series Cherry. I also discovered that someone gnawed the bark of the lower branches on our apple trees. I decided to keep an eye on Peter Rabbit and I placed chicken wire cages around the trees of smaller shrubs.
With all the snow we have been getting, I was wondering if my trees would be in trouble and meant to stomp down the snow. Unfortunately, I got sick and forgot about it. Once the weather warmed up and we got some freezing rain, that fluffy snow turned into a perfect step ladder for Pete! He stripped the bark on some of the previously unharmed branches... boy was I angry. Out of the garden with you! But what can I do, I left down my guard and now I have to hope my apple trees can cope. If they die, I guess I can plant some plum trees.
As winter turns to spring and spring into summer, White-tailed Jackrabbits feast on the clover in my lawn and stay away from my prized plants. Then I don't mind them and actually like having wildlife in our yard.