Date: 3/13/17 12:02 pm From: Donald C. Steinkraus <steinkr...> Subject: Re: Yard questions
We have been battling invasive plants for years in Fayetteville. The standard bad plants: bush and Japanese honeysuckle, Bradford pears, Ailanthus trees, privet, Euonymus, English ivy, Bermuda grass, Johnson grass, Asian lespedeza, multiflora rose. There are several major problems. First, is these plants are very prolific fruit or seed producers. Second, in many cases the seeds can remain viable in the soil for decades. Third, birds eat the fruits of many of the above and transport them widely. So, we have some rural land about 10 miles south of Fayetteville, and baby bush honeysuckles are coming up everywhere in our forest. Most people are not pulling these up. If we stopped pulling them up, walking every foot of the forest, in 5 years it will be wall to wall bush honeysuckle or privet, and goodbye to all the trout lilies, trillium, and other wild flowers.
From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of Reames, Clark -FS <creames...>
Sent: Monday, March 13, 2017 12:44:58 PM
Subject: Re: Yard questions
After retirement, I plan to contract a dozer to get a head start on my privet thickets in AR and try to go back native but I am also realistic in the knowledge that I will have to fight privet for the rest of my days. If your land is privet free now, DO NOT INTRODUCE IT. You will regret it. I didn’t introduce it on my place but I sure wish that somebody else didn’t many years prior…
While Janet Carson is undoubtedly an expert in her field, she does often recommend species that are not native & are invasive as well. I have been fighting Winter honeysuckle for years which she recommends for bees. Invasive species crowd out native trees, shrubs & grasses. Proof? Look at Callery pear, Japanese honeysuckle, privet, Kudzu and on & on.
Native species are best to use if you want to feed birds. Oaks are at the top of the list for having caterpillars which birds eat for protein & rearing their young.
In the pine woods northwest of London
UA Cooperative Extension Service. Janet Carson in the Little Rock office is an expert on yards.
Sally Jo Gibson
This is for bird-ers, plant-ers, and animal-ers alike. We live in a neighborhood in eastern Fayetteville which is well-treed and well-lawned. This time of year, we frequently see trucks from one or another of the various lawn maintenance companies, as well as many of our DIY neighbors fertilizing and spreading other stuff on their lawns. The result in the summer is a lot of very green and carefully mowed carpets. We've resisted, with the result that our front and back yards are largely pretty bare ground. We would like some advice on "in-between" choices which are relatively low-maintenance and benign/supportive of birds and other animals (and plants). We're trying to find out more about micro-clover as an alternative to lawn grasses. Thoughts?
Jonathan Perry, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Findley Shores
4408 Sam Peck Rd.
Little Rock, AR 72223
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