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foundation planting

Posted by fiddlrs3 NE Illinois (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 8, 10 at 20:21

I've been trying to establish prairie flowers around the perimiter of my house, with little bluestem as attractive, living mulch to keep the lawn grasses and weeds at bay. Now I get warned that since I live in a fairly rural area, the grass cover just invites rodents up against to and eventually into, the house. Any truth to this?

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RE: foundation planting

I have lots of chipmunks near my house because I feed the birds. I notice that those same chipmunks run through my native planting which is planting away from the house. My prairie attracts a lot of wildlife, mostly, birds, butterflies and bees; it also attracts reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Occasionally, hawks will move in and clear out the population of chipmunks. I also have a full time resident mink living in the prairie that keeps the chipmunks in check. I think planting native keeps everything in balance. The only real issue with planting near the foundation is it may be difficult to do an occasional burn.

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