Thanks, Karen. I am a huge supporter of UAEX as my husband retired from that entity after 37 years with them. My son-in-law is director of the UA research station at Bethesda. I'm also aware of a lot of beneficial programs that take place through UA that the public is unaware of.
I'm still birding and make/keep my yard as bird friendly as possible. And spend lots of money on bird seed and yard upkeep. (Too old to do it myself, anymore.) I’ve even bought and paid someone to plant Crepe Myrtle, Euonymus (sp?) and Nanina’s. Then, when I discovered these plants weren’t “for the birds,” paid someone to remove them.
There are people on this site with more than one opinion. I sometimes get the feeling that if you don’t agree with certain people who post on ARBIrd, that you may suddenly find yourself one of those who the “sanctified” want removed.
I'll stay off my individual soap box on here from now on.
Sally Jo Gibson
From: Jim and Karen Rowe [mailto:<rollingrfarm...>]
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 12:35 PM
To: Sally Jo Gibson <sjogibson...>; <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.
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.