Things You'll Need
Spiky sweet gum seed pods
Evergreen holly branches
Keep an eye on your garden to make sure your measures keep the rabbits out. They can be persistent and will dig under fences repeatedly. Immediately fill in any holes you find. Sprinkling garlic powder will help to discourage the rabbits so they don’t come back.
These measures will discourage rabbits but may not totally prevent them from eating your hostas. During times of drought or food shortages, they may invade and eat your hostas no matter what you try to do to keep them away.
Hostas are decorative, flowering perennials often used as landscape plants. These plants are especially attractive to rabbits that will eat all the leaves and even the stems. If it is a new, young plant, rabbits may eat it down to the roots. Often, the destruction that rabbits cause ends up with the death of the plant. You can protect the plants from the devastation that rabbits cause, but it may take some persistence and creativity on your part.
Sprinkle your young hosta plants with baby powder. It will coat the leaves and make them unpalatable to the invading rabbits. You must reapply this if it rinses off, which is likely to happen in the rain or if the plants are watered by a sprinkler.
Shake garlic salt over older plants. Even though you may miss some of the leaves on larger plants, the odor will repel the rabbits and stop them from eating your hostas. Reapply if the plants are watered or rained on.
Place sweet gum seed pods in a circle around hosta seedlings. These seed pods are small round balls covered with spikes. If you don't have sweet gum pods, gather some evergreen holly branches -- or other prickly branches -- and encircle the plants with those. Rabbits will not want to cross a spiky barrier to reach your young plants.
Plant garlic and wormwood plants around the area of your yard containing the hosta plants. Rabbits don't like the smell of either of these plants and will avoid areas that contain them. If you use them as a border for your garden or yard, the rabbits will tend to stay away.
Fence around your hostas with rabbit-proof fencing. Chicken wire works well, as long as you use plenty of support. Make sure there are no holes underneath, so the rabbits can't sneak in.
A recipient of a business and technology degree from the master's program at West Coast University, Cindy Quarters has been writing professionally since 1984. Past experience as a veterinary technician and plenty of time gardening round out her interests. Quarters has had work featured in Radiance Magazine and the AKC Gazette.