Urban wildlife

From Ed

July 4.  This morning while I was setting up the sprinkler in my vegetable garden and walking past the birdbath, there was a huge ruckus in my northernmost prairie bed (the one with the cup plant).  Moments later a deer cleared the fence at the rear of the property and headed west.  I phoned the police, thinking they would want to know.  The dispatcher informed me that trespass laws do not apply to deer!  I was able to find a place among the prairie plants where the deer had been lying.

Saw the first goldfinches in quite some time in the yard yesterday.

What do you see in your yard?

The best way to get rid of black medic clover (Medicago lupulinus)?

An e-mail from Betty. “I’ve been working on this bed at our sailing club for about three years and can tell lots of stories about it.  This year it’s finally starting to look pretty good.  Can anyone suggest how to get ride of the clover and weedy alfalfa type plant that choke out seedlings?  Would burning it this fall help?” http://betty1948.shutterfly.com/386

Scott responded: From one or two of the photos, it looks like you have black medic (Medicago lupulinus), one of the clovers that is tough to get a handle on. Burning stimulates any of the clovers so not a good idea. The best thing for this nasty little weed is also the most labor intensive…hand weeding. You may also try spot-spraying with glyposate earlier in summer/spring when it is an easier target to hit. Sorry you have this problem plant. I have it also in a part of the wfg and have not been able to get rid of it for over a decade.