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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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Cora

I'm in agreement with Dee Cee: That gabion wall is an open invitation to carpenter ants and termites where I live. Also those scary and aggressive red wasps love little dark crevices. I've been stung. It's a horrible experience and there is no reason to provide housing for them close to the patio. I did not even think of the. " wood roaches ". But that does it for me. Also it is frankly not attractive. I use small solar lights to light steps. It is enough without floodinding the nightscape. But I do have real porch lights-front, back and side entrys. I just think that home security is a real consideration as well.Even then the yard is plenty dark at night for the animals.

A clean water source is one of the best things that you can do for the birds. That and lots of trees and some dense hedges. I throw fruit and vegetable scraps out the back door. The animals appear to love apple peels and watermelon rinds. Things like potato peels , citrus, and lettuce scraps are not popular but do compost just fine. I have been in Mexico though where citrus chunks and grapes are placed out for birds and they love it. But we do not have such birds in the lower midwest. We should all be inviting and kind to the local wildlife-maybe not hordes of deer- or bears-but to the best that we can.

   

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