Nov. 5th – Wild Ones honeysuckle removal at Forest Park

Join St. Louis Wild Ones at the 13th annual honeysuckle removal project in Forest Park, Saturday, November 5th from 9AM to noon.

Forest Park Forever sponsors this project, typically with over 100 volunteers. They’ve made tremendous strides in removing large blocks of honeysuckle throughout Forest Park. In fact, there aren’t many remaining areas in the park left that lend themselves to large group projects like this. Join the fun while you still can!

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By Bill Brighoff

Last spring, a lawn care salesman came to my door and told me I had weeds in my yard, particularly white clover. I told him that I had planted the white clover in my yard, and how could it be a weed if I had purchased the seeds at a feed store. He left muttering that clover is a weed.

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Glades, Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands

From the Missouri Prairie Journal, Spring 2011, Volume 12, Number 1 (copied with permission)

The amount of canopy cover and degree of soil development are key to determining the plant composition of each of these distinct natural communities. Glades, prairies, savannas, and woodlands are distinct natural communities, but share a great deal of the same ground flora. Differences in plant composition and abundance are largely due to the amount of sunlight reaching the ground.

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CHERP leads South Campus prairie garden planting

UMSL Daily Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A team of UMSL students and faculty members and volunteers from the St. Louis community plant prairie plants on South Campus. A team of University of Missouri–St. Louis students and faculty members recently planted a prairie garden that was meant to be more than a sprucing up of South Campus. Part of a prairie restoration project, the planting will partially return the land to its appearance decades before the nearly 50-year-old university enrolled its first students.

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‘Non-invasive’ cultivar? Buyer beware.

Science Daily (Oct. 7, 2011)

Cultivars of popular ornamental woody plants that are being sold in the United States as non-invasive are probably anything but, according to an analysis by botanical researchers published in the October issue of BioScience. Tiffany M. Knight of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and her coauthors at the Chicago Botanic Garden write that the claims of environmental safety are in most cases based on misleading demographic evidence that greatly underestimates the plants’ invasive potential. What is more, the offspring of cultivars do not usually “breed true” and may be more fecund than their parents, especially if they cross with plants from nearby feral populations.

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Pumpkins and pollinators, a unique relationship

From The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Whether you wake to find mist hanging in damp hollows, snow draping the last of your tomato vines, or sunshine glinting off a warm sea, there is one thing that unites us all this month: pumpkins. With Halloween quickly followed by Thanksgiving, pumpkins seem to define this season. We make family trips in a quest for the perfect jack-o’-lantern, dress up in pumpkin costumes to go trick or treating, decorate our homes with them, and slice them up to make pies, bread, and soup.

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Are your flowers deer food?

When deer are very hungry they will eat almost anything, but during the growing season they usually have lots of options. That being the case, they often eat what they like best. Following is a list of trees, shrubs, perennial flowers, and annual flowers used by North Dakota gardeners. They are grouped according to the relative palatability of these plants to deer.

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Our Little Neck of the Woods

by Margy Terpstra

In 1996, we were close to becoming empty nesters that had run out of projects, and had that itch to find a home with a bigger lot and more trees. We began searching. As soon as we walked through this house and onto the deck, I turned to Dan and whispered, “The BIRDS!” We just knew the wooded area behind us would be a natural little migrant trap, and we bought the house.

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Attracting Aerial Acrobats to Your Yard

by Cynthia Berger

Published in National Wildlife, April/May 2002

When her kids went off to college, Kathy Biggs got rid of her backyard swimming pool. But her Sebastopol, California yard still buzzes with activity on warm summer afternoons, because Kathy replaced the pool with a dragonfly pond. Now, instead of kids cannon balling off the deck, she watches cardinal meadow hawks diving after mates and emerald spread wings basking in the sun.

Dragonflies and damselflies belong to the insect order Odonata, and most members of this group rely on water throughout their life cycle. The juveniles, or nymphs, live underwater for months and sometimes years before emerging as adults; the adults tend to hunt for insects over water and lay their eggs in water or on adjacent vegetation. Under the right conditions, even a small pond will attract some of these aerial acrobats to your yard.

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