Date: 3/14/17 12:40 pm
From: Janine Perlman <jpandjf...>
Subject: Re: Yard questions
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On 3/14/2017 2:32 PM, Donald C. Steinkraus wrote:
>
> Birds and Insects and Plants are Interconnected
>
>
> The invasive plants, nationwide, worldwide, along with invasive
> insects, exotic plant pathogenic fungi, etc. have wreaked havoc on our
> ecosystems and will continue to do so. All one has to think of is:
> American chestnut (wiped out by exotic fungus), American elm
> (essentially decimated by exotic fungus), ash trees (under great
> threat from exotic Emerald ash borer), all our hardwoods (from exotic
> Asian longhorn beetle), etc. etc.
>
>
> I agree with Mary Ann and other writers below that for the sake of the
> birds, invasive plants be removed when in our power.
>
>
> Honestly, the horticulture industry and USDA scientists that promoted
> plants such as Callery (Bradford) pears, Sericea lespideza, multiflora
> rose, Bermuda grass, fescue, Johnson grass, ailanthus trees, privet,
> bush honeysuckle, Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, Nandina, and so
> many other plants, have greatly harmed the abundance and diversity of
> our native moths and other insects (that feed the birds) and
> therefore, bird life.
>
>
> Like others on this listserv I am trying to walk the walk and kill and
> remove all the invasives above, but I recognize it is not in my power
> to do anything but mitigate the problem a bit.
>
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List
> <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of Mary Ann King
> <office...>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, March 14, 2017 2:17:24 PM
> *To:* <ARBIRD-L...>
> *Subject:* Re: Yard questions
>
> Janet Carson has done a lot in Arkansas & yes, she will only speak of
> natives when asked. I certainly wasnít disparaging her knowledge.
> And I didnít mean she endorsed Bradford pears Ė when I spoke of the
> Bradford pears, I was only using it as an example of the perils of
> planting invasive species. Iíd just like to see her not suggesting
> using invasives at all. I donít have a problem with her recommending
> most non natives Ė
>
> We have way too many invasive species that are being sold -
>
> MaryAnn King
>
> In the pine woods northwest of London
>
> *From:*The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List
> [mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>] *On Behalf Of *Jim and Karen Rowe
> *Sent:* Tuesday, March 14, 2017 12:35 PM
> *To:* <ARBIRD-L...>
> *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...> <mailto:<sjogibson...>>
> *To:* <ARBIRD-L...> <mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>
> *Sent:* Monday, March 13, 2017 12:09 PM
> *Subject:* Re: Yard questions
>
> Iím so very sorry for making this recommendation!!
>
> SJG
>
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>
> *From: *Mary Ann King <mailto:<office...>
> *Sent: *Monday, March 13, 2017 12:00 PM
> *To: *'Sally Jo Gibson' <mailto:<SJOGibson...>;
> <ARBIRD-L...> <mailto:<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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