Date: 3/14/17 10:35 am
From: Jim and Karen Rowe <00000131a1cf8fbc-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Yard questions
I think Sally Jo Gibson made an excellent suggestion, especially if you preface your question to Janet Carson with the comment that you only want to plant natives.  I gave a Master Garden presentation about landscaping your yard for birds using natives, and Janet Carson's presentation on perennial plants for the garden was just after mine. I stayed to listen and was pleased to hear Janet promoting natives because they were best adapted to Arkansas soil and weather.
Karen Rowe 

From: Sally Jo Gibson <sjogibson...>
To: <ARBIRD-L...>
Sent: Monday, March 13, 2017 12:09 PM
Subject: Re: Yard questions

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Sent: Monday, March 13, 2017 12:00 PM
To: 'Sally Jo Gibson'; <ARBIRD-L...>
Subject: RE: Yard questions   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.   MaryAnn   King 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 Harrison, AR         Hi all,   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. Licensed Psychologist Fayetteville, Arkansas  

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