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Rio Brewster

We're moving to the country in central TX and I would love to plant swaths of Texas wildflowers, but I'm concerned about rattlers and other nasty snakes.

   
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Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens

Rio -- I'd imagine you'll have snakes. Many are part of a healthy ecosystem and of no threat to humans. I'd consult with a local expert about planting for rattlers, especially close to the home, as I'm sure there are strategies to take to help mitigate their presence close to the structure. I love the garden snakes I have, as there are too many voles and mice here already!

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Gregory Pavell

Ben V....

Your advise is of the vein of Piet Ouldorf...keep it wild and natural! I was not as aware of the design thought & knowledge needed to achieve the 'wildness' which looks so natural...just thrown down some random seed and wait. As a retired architect, I worked for a landscape center and became more interested in enhancing the built...whether house structure or landscaped amenities. I was given ornamental grass catalogs and have extended my library to do some justice to deck design and outdoor seating areas. The invaluable learning I profess is through 'seeing by experiencing'. Wilderness backpacking gives you a wealth of knowledge by the simple appreciation of nature's randomness. Many occasions, I have turned a corner on a mountain trail or pushed through a forested trail and have come upon a vast, expansive meadow often with acres and acres of a singular plant species! It knocks you out! The pack is shed...and time stops to suck in the air and eyes full to the brim with an indescribable joy taking it all in. You cannot put a $Price-Tag$ on that!

Thanks...for what you do with advise and practice...perhaps I'll have some pics to submit of a lakefront house-deck and landscaping to the boat dock which should break ground this Spring.

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