Coastal and Tropical South
Your Florida Backyard
Marianne Cowley says that her site, Your Florida Backyard, has information about the plants that could or should be in your yard in Florida. But the reach of this information doesn't stop at the state line, and much is applicable across most of our regions. She makes a very good point in saying that most people cannot do "checkbook environmentalism," that is, purchase large tracts of land to preserve habitat. But we can be sure our gardens are hospitable to wildlife, and we can enjoy the view out the window while doing a good thing at the same time. The site is full of her insightful point of view, and plenty of useful information.
Clever Gardening Technique
Fire Ant Strategy
All our good intentions go out the window when fire ant mounds pop up in the garden, and for good reason. The critters are quite capable of stinging the unsuspecting with painful results. But children and small animals can be much more seriously injured if they stumble into a mound. You can spend all summer chasing the mounds around the yard, or make the smart move to a baited product. You spread the granules all over the property so the wide-ranging ants can find and take it to the mound, no matter where they travel. If mounds are currently present, the best strategy is to treat the yard first, then the mounds.