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Rabbit proofing borders - stylish but effective?

My aliums and dahlias in the borders were destroyed by rabbits and hares over the summer. I'm about to start planting tulips and wallflower seedlings and don't wish to flush more money down the drain. 

Can anyone recommend some rabbit proofing solutions for borders. Its the main focal point of the garden so I want something that is, for want of a better word, stylish. I considered willow hurdles (say 40 cm high) but these would be extortionately expensive. I could go with chicken wire which is much more cost effective- but this isn't exactly an attractive alternative.

Anyone, solved this problem?

Many thanks  
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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,755
    They'll just jump over them, I'm afraid.  :/
    They love tulips, so you might be better putting them in pots and raise them up. You need to make sure there's nothing around they can't use to get onto the pots though.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • KmehKmeh Posts: 171
    Well now that is depressing...
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,755
    It is I'm afraid.  :/
    They can be very difficult to keep out, unless you can put a really sturdy boundary round your garden, which is also down into the ground by a good bit. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • KmehKmeh Posts: 171
    Thank you for your replies. I will get thinking
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854
    not only will they jump over willow hurdles, they'll dig under them too. You need to bury rabbit fencing about 18" below ground too.
    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,755
    Hostafan1 said:
    not only will they jump over willow hurdles, they'll dig under them too. You need to bury rabbit fencing about 18" below ground too.
    'swot I said Hosta  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854
    Fairygirl said:
    Hostafan1 said:
    not only will they jump over willow hurdles, they'll dig under them too. You need to bury rabbit fencing about 18" below ground too.
    'swot I said Hosta  ;)
    SOZ!!! missed that one
    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,755
    It's ok Hostie - I was a bit vague  :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854
    Fairygirl said:
    It's ok Hostie - I was a bit vague  :D
    and I'm a bit knackered. lol 
    Seriously considering a siesta

    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,755
    You crack on and have one, love  ;)

    Apologies @kellymareemadden. We're being s*d all use to you now  :/   :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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