Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Rascally Rabbits

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Our rose garden fared well over the harsh winter, but we were not as lucky in other areas of The Arboretum.  Even with tree trunks wrapped and chicken wire fence installed, our espalier fruit trees took a hit. 

What can be done now?  Unfortunately, not much.  When the bark is chewed all the around the trunk, the tree is no longer able to transport carbohydrates (plant food) from the leaves to the root system. 

 To learn more about rabbit damage to trees and shrubs, read this article from ISU Extension http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2010/3-17/rabbitrepair.html.  The article also has great links at the bottom for related articles (Resistance of Trees and Shrubs to Deer Damage, Susceptibility of Plants to Rabbit Damage, etc.).

See you in the gardens.


Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

April 8, 2010 at 6:00 am

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  1. […] when I wrote about our espalier trees being chewed up by rabbits?  To see the photos, read here https://cedarvalleyarboretum.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/rascally-rabbits/.  Fruit and small caliper trees are especially susceptible to rabbit nibbling.  And while you […]

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