I once saw a tv program dealing with yard habitat. Came away with the
idea that diverse heights in plants have something for everyone. So
have grass, scrubs, small and large trees and they will come. Can be
appealing to humans too.
Here is a site that touches on water as well.
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Thank you, Bill! This pretty much parallels my current thinking,
but gives me some tangible clues.
BTW, my Japanese maples... Sniff. I will be very sorry to leave
my moonfire, especially. My shishigashira is the one that was
incorrectly planted, while the sango kaku will be in peril. I
will put these and others in one small area of the front yard. I
do still love them, although my thoughts on what I should be doing
have evolved over the years.
Heh. Well, this will NOT be near the house at any rate. I THINK
I have absorbed that I actually want to discourage critters from
being in that area! I wonder how close is too close (in terms of
ground cover, etc.)?
There was a woman who used to post here from somewhere in the midwest and
she had a glorious garden on a house sized block and she ended up a single
mouse in the house from a brush pile in her yard. That wouldn't have
worried me given that I get mice (plural) in the house each spring and
autumn (but I just noted that I haven't this spring - wonderful!) I guess
it wouldn't be a problem if the pile is down the back and there are lots of
other things around for the critters that shelter in such a place have
plenty to eat.
I have mice in the house here. It is an ongoing battle. (I don't
know why in all the years here, the three cats have only gotten
TWO mice!) I am going to try to be careful about keeping things,
even welcoming groundcover, away from the house. I am envisioning
the brush pile(s?) being on the edge of the wooded area. I want
to see where the critters tend to come out and leave that clear,
so even that may be after a lag.
OTOH, I do have that nice big downed branch here.... I should
point out that I am only moving 2-3 towns away--depending on how
one drives, so I wouldn't be bringing any foreign invaders to the
And that reminds me... I was going to do research on the Asian
Long-Horned Beetle to see what trees they don't destroy. They are
in this state, and it would be foolish to not think about that
i'd wait through a full year at the new place to study sun patterns
& soil conditions before i started planting. use the time to map the
yard & plan.
my yard is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, as well as a Tree Farm (i
like my signs, i do <g>). you can find wildlife habitat suggestions
at: http://www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife /
oh, and wrap those Japanese maple trunks in hardware cloth over the
winter. the mice & voles love to eat them.
Yes I agree with you Lee. Plan and research, Jean.
The NWF is a great source of information. They have a wonderful,
Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife.
by David Mizejewski (he is manager of the Backyard Habitat Program)
See if you can locate it. Pub. by Creative Homeowner books,
(I also have a Certified Wildlife Habitat # 49465.)
Have a fun winter planning, Jean and let us know of your progress.
thanks for the advice--and the link, Lee.
Gee, I haven't had any problem with those maple trunks being eaten.
Oh yes.... Speaking of maples, I started looking into the Asian
Long-Horned Beetle. On one hand, the advice is that all maples
are very susceptible to them; on the other, they don't like any
Japanese maples. No oaks seem to be susceptible. Now I am trying
to remember why a friend of mine was worried about his oaks a few
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