Bunnies, Bunnies, Oh So Cute Grass Killing Monsters of Highlands Ranch!
by Brian Burke
on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 9:58am.
Bunny Damage or B.D. is an issue here in Highlands Ranch, Colorado!
Bunny Damage is an issue when trying to keep a green and perfect yard here in the Denver area of Colorado
There are millions of bunnies in Highlands Ranch. Onetime a year or so ago my son counted 6 of them in the neighbors yard. I am looking at one now eating my grass! Here is some info to help out with the Bunny Invasion to your Yard.
Rabbits are Hungry for Green Grass
Lush, green grass of Highlands Ranch provides a perfect grazing source for rabbits. Rabbits require around 2,200 kilocalories of food per kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, of weight per day during their formative and adult years and, according to Dr. JoAnne Murray, director of Taught Postgraduate Programmes at the University of Edinburgh, there are about four calories in an ounce of standard turfgrass. That’s a lot of grass to go through, especially when there are multiple rabbits grazing on the same lawn. Between flowers, vegetables, woody matter and your yard grass, rabbits can decimate an area and completely kill off a yard of outdoor grass if hungry enough. While rabbits like variety in their diet, they will eat your grass exclusively if other food is unavailable.
Grass is Shelter for the Rabbits
Rabbits rely on grass and weeds for shelter. They create dens called forms in which they sleep and hide their young. These shelters also protect rabbits from inclement weather and predation by other animals. By creating these forms, rabbits bend the grass out of position and sometimes break the blades. Additionally, they may import grass from other spots in the yard and mat down or thatch the grass into a desirable form. All of this damages outdoor grass sources and your yard.
It Starts with Bunny Urine
Rabbit urine, like dog urine or cat urine, scalds grass. Rabbits can produce up to six litters a year of young, with five to six babies per litter, all in your yard. Assuming two adult rabbits and 30 young rabbits in a year on a 10-acre area, the amount of urine produced is astounding, and rabbits are creatures of habit when it comes to their hygiene routines. When rabbits urinate on the same spot over and over again, the grass in that area loses nutrients and dies back, leaving bald patches and bare spots.
Bunny Damage from Eating your Grass
Rabbits eat the green grass down to the roots, This will make the grass die in that area, if you notice sometimes the bunny damage is a circle or like a doughnut because they sit in the same spot and eat and pee turning round and round making a circle of damage.
The Prevention of Bunny Damage
Because of their prolific nature, there are few prevention methods that work. Even hunting and humane measures like live trapping are only temporary when there’s a rabbit problem in your yard. To solve a rabbit problem, make your yard as inhospitable as possible. Clear brush piles and debris where rabbits can hide. Fence off woody stems to about 20 inches above ground and place chicken wire around any vegetables or flower gardens in your yard.
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