Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:
Carol Broadribb wrote:Lawn. Ugh. We suffer with voracious mosquitoes all summer. If we leave the lawn uncut I fear it would be even worse. I have been slowly encouraging the clover and a little purple flower I call creeping Jenny to crowd out the grass. Other ideas?
Actually, quite the opposite: We used to have more mosquitoes but since I have resisted mowing the lawn, we have more pollinators and more birds: That is important to keep the mosquito population down.
The way that mosquitoes populate is by finding a body of water. It can be as small as a saucer, a small pail: Any area where there will be water for 3 days will do.
So after a rain, look around for saucers under pots, plastic containers... anything. Turn it over and empty it. If you have a pond nearby, invite purple martins or other mosquito eaters.
If you have a birdbath, you might want to install a cheap little pump to keep the water trembling.
The clover and the creeping Jenny are much better than blades of grass, but for the mosquitoes, bring in the birds!
Zeph Mullins wrote:Hi Owen, we are in Zone 8 Southeast Texas with roughly 45+ inches of rain per year and heavy soils. Historically my area was coastal prairie and though the years trees from timber industry or otherwise imported have taken place of this. I have been interested in planting more "useful" trees in my landscape but after learning the historical information of my specific bioregion I am interested in stacking the functions of prairie/meadow into my design potentials as well. I want to get started on identifying species (besides sedges and bahia) and hope to receive your book What other resources would you suggest to look into?
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Noel Young wrote:How do you define a meadow versus a relatively unmanaged grassy area? We chop our field probably 1-2× a year. It's full of grasses, yarrow, clover, dandilion, plantains etc. Is there a management strategy for meadows or fields gone fallow for years?
Brian Kidd wrote:Thank you for your reply.
In the past, I have tried to do what you have suggested, and have even gotten some relatives interested in plants that are beneficial to butterflies and bees.
I suppose one continuing difficulty is that some friends and relatives just do not think of these plants as aesthetically-pleasing.