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Are You Too Clean for Mother Nature?

By Cat
November 11, 2014

Late July and early August are a great time of the year here in Indiana. Summer is in full swing, the State Fair is just getting ready to begin, and barbecues are roaring!

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dirtdorphins
Nov 10, 2014 8:46 PM CST
not a chance I will ever be accused of being 'too clean' for anyone or anything Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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CarolineScott
Nov 10, 2014 9:20 PM CST
Me too! I agree
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LindaTX8
Nov 10, 2014 10:01 PM CST
Not a chance! Even my mind is a bit wild and untidy, thanks to ADD. However, it does irritate me when I see the trees in commercial landscapes that die in the first couple of years because they aren't cared for. Then they sometimes leave the dead trees standing there for two years or more. I might leave dead trees standing if it might have some wildlife value on my own place...IF they don't post a danger to my house or shed, of course. But somehow I don't really think that's what they're doing.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Cinta
Nov 11, 2014 12:00 AM CST
Nope not me either. Mother Nature loves me. I do not deadhead or pull weeds. I try to over plant and so there is no room for weeds. When things die I leave them in place so they can turn to mulch over the winter.
Name: Ric Sanders
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Eric4home
Nov 11, 2014 12:34 AM CST
I agree When I muck our ponds and water features, I try to save as much fauna (snails, larva, and eggs) as possible. When we find egg masses from our tree frogs floating in our swimming pool (we use minimum chemicals) we try to rescue them to a pond. We also try to control slugs with means other than cleaning and chemicals, unless you consider beer a chemical. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 11, 2014 12:14 PM CST
Ah, Mother Nature always wins here in my area..my little garden is her catch basin for the catkins and leaf kernels in Spring, and Fall's leaf scatter. I just sweep away what I can and if there are still some around the containers..so be it..keeps my sanity intact. Can't beat her, so might as well let her be done with that scattering phase. My fountain catches a lot of those leaves too during Fall, so I just turn it off, let the water evaporate and remove the leaves whenever. Anyways it is into cold season by then, so waiting for Mother Nature's liquid gold.

Snails..I toss them towards our dry creek..or I have salt ready for them. Big Grin
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 11, 2014 6:30 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Hmm, Ric beer is actually a drug . . . so you're sedating the slugs before they die, a kind way to go. Here all I caught with my saucers of beer were dozens of drunken roaches. They love the smell of the yeast.

My yard is about as 'natural' and messy as it can be while we can still walk through it. I call it my private botanical garden, but DH describes it as a little nature preserve. Not in a complimentary way . . . he is one of those 'neat appearance preferred' guys.
Elaine

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Name: Catherine
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Cat
Nov 11, 2014 6:54 PM CST
Never tried the Beer! I have slugs that are always eating my Hostas. May be I should try some.
Cat
"Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." - Veronica A. Shoffstall
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
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Eric4home
Nov 13, 2014 8:22 AM CST
Ashes spread around hostas can be a deterrent. I've tried lots of things, including stapling sand paper around the border of my raised beds. LOL
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