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Old 08-30-2020, 09:15 PM   #11
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That is sad, Skip.

I agree that the overpopulation of deer is a problem...and, I need to realize how they exacerbate the problem of invasive species.

Still, I was happy to see a doe that left her fawn in our yard more than once. I just think seeing deer should be more of a rarity.
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Old 08-31-2020, 12:44 AM   #12
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Finally got around to taking out the boxwood bushes that came with the house. My daughter and I spent four days on the project. Cut everything up with hand tools so we got up close and personal with the bushes. Saw exactly zero invertebrates during the project. The only sign of life was two old bird nests.

Boxwood is a great example of a non-native that does not support native species. Unfortunately, that is why a lot of people like it. No unsightly leaf damage.
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Finally got around to taking out the boxwood bushes that came with the house. My daughter and I spent four days on the project. Cut everything up with hand tools so we got up close and personal with the bushes. Saw exactly zero invertebrates during the project. The only sign of life was two old bird nests.

Boxwood is a great example of a non-native that does not support native species. Unfortunately, that is why a lot of people like it. No unsightly leaf damage.
Congratulations.

Just think of the invertebrates that you will see with whatever natives you put in their place.
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Old 10-01-2020, 02:07 PM   #14
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One of the newer approaches to ecosystems that have been infested with invasive species is to call them "novel ecosystems". It's as if its a done deal; restoration to the ecosystem's former composition is no longer a realistic consideration.

To me this is kind of like saying "There's already litter on this roadway, therefore it's OK to throw more garbage here". I prefer a different approach - if we keep planting more native plants eventually there won't be any room for the invasive species.

I like Doug Tallamy's "Case Against Novel Ecosystems" video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DEfIqIrYpY
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