How to Install a Rabbit-Proof Fence

Below you will find a step by step guide on how to install a rabbit-proof fence.


  • Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 days
  • Experience Required: Medium
  • Tools Required: Shovel, Hammer, Wire cutters
  • Materials Required: Rabbit fence, Staples / Cable ties, Pegs, Wooden fence posts


STEP 1) Digging a Trench

  • Dig a 15cm wide trench to a 5cm depth around the perimeter of the area you want to protect.


STEP 2) Placing the Fence Posts

  • Hammer wooden fence posts at least 30 centimeters deep into the ground, one at each corner of the area.
  • For effective rabbit-proofing, hammer posts in every 2—2.5 meters between these stakes, with even spacing between.


STEP 3) First Section With an ‘L’ Shape Below Ground

  • Take enough netting to cover the distance between the first two corner posts, and bend the bottom at a 90-degree angle, creating a 15cm lip. This flap will cover the bottom of the trench on the outside of your fence, ensuring the rabbits can’t tunnel under it.
  • Secure the portion of the fence with staples (or cable ties) to the corner posts, ensuring the flap is pointing outward, in the direction of the rabbits.


STEP 4) Continuing on the Other Sides

  • Do the same for the other sides of the fence.
  • Using staples, secure the rabbit wire to all the other posts. Stretch the netting tight against each post and use the staples every 15 centimeters to attach it tightly to the post.


STEP 5) Securing the Flap to the Ground

  • Using landscape garden staples or pegs, secure the flap to the ground. Staple right at the 90-degree angle and also at the outside edge of the lip. Do this every 60 centimeters.


STEP 6) Finishing Touches

  • Remove any excess wire using wire cutters. For best rabbit-proofing results, check for any gaps in the fencing.
  • Cover the outside flap with 5cm of soil or mulch to hide it.

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Timi Kacso

Timi K. is an illustrator and a genuine animal lover, and she couldn't hide it if she tried: she likes to offer fencing solutions especially for animal and pet related issues.

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