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  •  or butterflies (9+ / 0-)

    I'd also suggest that the suburban landscape has changed a lot in the past 50 years.  Homeowners have less tolerance for clover or dandelions in their lawns...the grass is much more of a monoculture.  The landscaping has tended, as well, to evolve towards low upkeep evergreen shrubs, and away from flower gardens that require more upkeep and time, but are important pollen sources.

    There are many, many people whose idea of nice landscaping is something that is reasonable green yet effortless.  The deer may find that to be enticing, but not many birds or insects do.

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 03:24:28 PM PST

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    •  I have noticed fewer butterflies and (2+ / 0-)
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      dragonflies. Also, fewer birds. The squirrels seem tone doing fine though.

      •  And bugs..and snakes....and... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...i noticed an abrupt absence of bugs after our heat wave this summer. My pair of barn swallows left early too....most likely due to lack of insects.

        Frogs and most everything depend on insects for food.

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        by suspiciousmind on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 03:52:10 PM PST

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      •  Squirrels are often invasive. (1+ / 0-)
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        Suburban squirrels are typically not the native species. This is why food put out for birds should not be squirrel accessible. It helps invasive squirrels displace not only native squirrels but also birds because booming squirrel populations will get all the good tree real estate (forget about birds nesting on the ground, they can't even do that in the forest anymore with all the dogs running off-leash and people off-trail).

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        by Nulwee on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 08:58:27 AM PST

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    •  Whereas in Germany you can buy "meadow mixes" (3+ / 0-)
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      … of indigenous plant seeds, for the express purpose of replacing a monoculture lawn with a no-maintenance assortment of herbs and wildflowers approximating untended meadow.

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      by lotlizard on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:09:11 PM PST

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      •  various mixes of specialty flowers are also (2+ / 0-)
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        available from US seed sources.  For heirlooms there is always the Seed Saver Exchange (disclaimer: I am a Life Member)  

        •  It's better to go to a native plant nursery (0+ / 0-)

          since those seed mixes are not accurate groups of natives, vast majority of the time.

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          by Nulwee on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 08:59:15 AM PST

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