Dave Tylka’s – Use Native Plants in Your Landscaping

If you’re looking for a great gardening and botany class to take, please look into Dave Tylka’s – Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People–BIO 156.  Offered by St. Louis Community College.It is offered every Spring Semester, but only for the last half of the semester.  It starts after spring break, which next year is March 12-18, 2012.  The indoor class is offered on Thursday evenings from 5-7:00PM (starting on March 22, 2012) and four Saturdays (March 24, April 7, April 21, and May 5) from 8:00AM to 3:15PM.   It is a regular class offering (not continuing education), but some people audit the course so they don’t have to take tests (I had 4 people audit this semester).

 To save money, check into special tuition rates for senior citizens, etc. by calling the registrar’s office some time.

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Notes from Dave Tylkas

Ninebark needs sun to bloom.

He grows nice blueberries in a 2′ x 2′ sunken container of peat moss. Nothing else.

He keeps the deer away with dogs.

Brought in top soil for some of the garden areas.

Hot and Dry
He uses rock to help create hot and dry areas.
Rose Verbena – his does great, but it’s in a hot and dry  area.
Prairie clover also does well in hot and dry.
Note – I could try those in my AC area.
Baptisia in hot and dry.
Cream wild indigo

Pagoda dogwood is lovely and what they like.

BUY

Rock for a hot and dry area.

amphora canescens – hot dry
Host Plant for the Dogface sulfur and Gray Hairstreak

cream wild indigio

Rose verbena

Prairie clover.

Pipevine

Sassafras
Pagoda dogwood Cornus alternifolia

http://www.themoletrap.com/
Dave say’s this is the best.

Small gravel to put on top of pond plants

Plastic containers for plants so they can get nutrients.
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POND NOTES
Gambusia mosquito fish – (Note – I bought these on ebay from KoiforSale – 25 for $30 – free shipping)
He doesn’t feed them.
He keeps the water running all year round.

Add vinegar to water to change the PH.
He likes a PH of 5.5
He takes out a few oak leaves, but leaves the rest.

It seems to help in keeping down the algae and probably helps with the PH. His pond is a colored like tea.
(Note – sales lady at pond store said not to worry about PH – St. Louis county water is 9.0 and fish will adapt.)
(Note #2 – since I added the box filter, the algae problems seems to have gone away.)

All his plants are left in the water over the winter.

Lobelia is covered about an inch.

Plants are in 12 x 12 plastic containers. You can use

pantyhose to keep the dirt in. He doesn’t fertilize them.

When he installed the pond, he used carpet remnants to

line the pond first so that the liner would not be

pierced.

To add water to the pond, he puts the hose on wide spray

and that supposedly helps reduce the chlorine in the

water.

Plants he has in the pond:
Copper iris, tall and large.
Round rush – bought at pond store.
Water willow – aggresive.Skippers like these flowers.
Pickerel weed – BOUGHT at HD or Lowes
Lizard tail – small insects love it.
Horsetail

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