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Arkansas Wildlife in the Garden

Photo of two deer in a yard.
DEER -- These two deer are enjoying a nice snack in a yard near Mt. Nebo, Arkansas. (Image courtesy Janet Carson.) 

Gardening can be challenging since we have to deal with the weather—too hot, too dry, too wet or too cold, but even when we seem to get our garden just where we want it, unwanted animals may arrive and eat your produce before you do.  

In the past, wildlife was limited to more rural areas, and animals could be easily frightened with loud noises, human hair or other signs of human life.  Unfortunately today the urban/rural interface is getting blended, as neighborhoods are constructed into once wooded lands.

Deer have become commonplace in upscale neighborhoods well within city limits.  Armadillos wreak havoc every evening in some yards, and groundhogs burrow in gardens and eat everything in sight.   What is the solution?  In the links below you will find a few solutions to the issue of wildlife in the garden.

Wildlife Habitat for Arkansas Landowners

Information about practices which promote establishing native plants for wildlife habitat.

Arkansas Invasives

Website for identifying and reporting invasive plants and animals in the state.