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Old 03-09-2007, 01:14 AM
 
Location: FL
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ellie - that's cool! I like your thinking/gardening habits!
Where are you located? You mention hurricanes, so I assume FL?
We let out back yard grow wild as well! To be honest, my love HATES it, but we don't have time or are lazy to mow.
The front we keep up.
But I LOVE that wildness! I hate the idea of "weeds" as if they're somehow "bad"!!! They're beautiful! I once read that weeds are actually just something growing that you don't want there! They're flowers too, but somehow got deemed "weeds." We just mowed it a few days ago, & it IS nice to have the space, (we only have a fifth acre!) but I feel like I'm murdering! Not only the "weeds", but possibly creatures! Hopefully not, but in any case, I feel like I'm bulldozing their homes! We have so many bees & grasshoppers - I hate to displace them! Oh! And we see snakes every now & then! We did that day! It's a blessing!
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Old 03-09-2007, 06:46 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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Leaving little patches of wildness in your yard really benefits all of the critters looking for a home. One of my early influences, an older woman who lived in a densely populated urban area, whose yard was only 15' x 20', would leave her dead Christmas tree standing in the corner because she said it attracted sparrows. The yard was otherwise immaculate, with flowering roses and vines, a tiny patch of lawn, and an old goldfish pond. And sure enough, the sparrows loved the dead Christmas tree.
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Old 03-12-2007, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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I like your style ellie. Just in case you don't already, be sure to identify all volunteering plants. In some cases, volunteers are actually aggressive non-native species that choke out native species.

Here in Virginia, vegetation is good for all wild creatures, snakes included. You have to be careful with large boulders in landscapes though, because they do draw snakes since boulders retain heat long after the sun has gone down. But we have plenty of black snakes, which are very desirable, given that they a) eat other snakes (copperhead, rattlers) and b) eat rodent pests.

Sean
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Old 03-12-2007, 03:50 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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I'm with you on that Sean. Here in Florida people are hyper alert to invasive exotics. There are a few in my yard, like some mimosa seedlings. But for the most part I've gotta pretty good balance out there.
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Old 03-18-2007, 11:27 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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It's been a couple of weeks since I mowed the "weed experiment." I've hardly been on that side of the yard until today. Looks like I will have a good crop of Drummond phlox this April. I started out with a handful of seeds I gathered two years ago which I scattered on a bare patch of ground left from burning hurricane debris. Last year there was a small but respectable patch of pink flowers. This year it is six times larger. I'll take photos if they come into bloom all at once.
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