June 19, 1998

Ornamentals with Interesting Fruit

Most annuals and perennials are selected for their attractive flowers. Though often overlooked by home gardeners, some herbaceous and woody ornamentals produce interesting fruit.

Ants in Lawns

There are many species of ants which occur in lawns and other turfgrass areas. Most ants do not require controls and are considered beneficial. Ants move approximately the same amount of soil as earthworms, loosening the soil in the process and increasing air and water movement into the ground. They keep the ecosystem clean of dead insect carcasses and aid in the destruction and decomposition of plant and animal matter. By carrying bits of plants and animal remains into their nests, the soil is fertilized and nutrients recycled through the ecosystem.