Gardens: Fast food for hungry critters

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Cute critters by day, gardeners’ worst enemies by night.

Most gardeners know the frustration of having a beautiful garden decimated by wildlife, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.

“Our four-legged ‘friends’ can be more formidable garden foes than insects, diseases and weeds,” said Trinklein.

“Because of their size and our inability to control their numbers in urban and suburban areas, deer probably are the most formidable offenders.”

Deer and other critters like food that is tasty and convenient, he said. A garden is wildlife’s equivalent of a fast food drive-thru. 

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