Some cities may frown on people wanting to establish native plants such as some of the warm season grasses and forbs that make our prairies beautiful. You may wish to visit with your city’s officials and explain your landscaping plans so they can be informed early in your developmental phase. You also should be aware of the possibility for attracting nuisance wildlife. Having ample bird feeders in the winter may also attract unwanted starlings and
blackbirds. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has information that will help prevent these problems but there may be some risks you will have to be willing to accept in attracting more wildlife to your backyard. Rabbits, skunks, squirrels, and other mammals may become more numerous as you seek to improve shrub habitats and overall cover. Again, if these animals become problems, there are options available in dealing with them. Refer to our other brochures and information about controlling specific pests.