You can tell how high the snow was in my backyard this winter by the height of the dogwood and hyrdrangea bushes that the rabbits chomped on. These branches are about 30 inches high, and considerably lower than they should be! You can tell it is a rabbit — rather than a deer –that did this because of the clean cut. Deer leave a more ragged cut.
At the library program on new plants for 2011 a couple of weeks ago, John Daniels of Bachman’s showed an amazing photo of rabbit damage from this winter. I don’t have a copy, but basically the bunnies de-barked most of a tree trunk, effectively killing the tree. My dogwoods and hydrangea should recover, and our little dog, Lola, will be hanging out in the garden with me a lot this summer. We’re hoping she will deter at least a few rabbits.