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Dee Cee

Leaving great big piles of wood around in the South, like in the pictured gabion wall, would be an open invitation for termites and giant wood roaches. Not sure how bad termites are in other areas of the country though.

   
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mindshift

Dee Cee, I understand your aversion to insects. We had a series of droughts followed by very rainy weather. The droughts killed off a lot of our lizards and toads, so then we had roaches everywhere, though we had seldom seen a roach previously. Yuck! Nonetheless, there are many good insects as well as lizards and toads that benefit from piles of wood. Note that the gabion is at the back of their yard and away from any buildings.

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HU-587273708

I have a corner where I throw fruit and vegetable peelings and seeds. Squirrels, bunnies and birds are attracted. I attract only one hummingbird each summer-a female-because I refuse to use the feeders. I think that they should prefer organics-flowers. Well, they don't. They go for the neighbors' fast food. I grow privets which seed and the birds like them. Bees like the roses and the sage and the Vitex and sedums. Seed the lawn and the doves watch and wait. Robins like the earthworms that come from good dirt. Leave a little toad house in a shady corner. I do see the occasional mouse and lizard.

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