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6 Ways Wildflowers Play a Vital Role in Wildlife Management

1.They Attract Insects
Wildflowers are the host plant for all sorts of insects, therefore your wildflower plots will be loaded down with Lepidopterans (moths and butterflies), Orthopterans (grasshoppers and crickets), Hymenopterans (bees, wasps, and ants), and others. Benefits resulting from having more insects include better pollination and fruit/seed-set of crops and trees, beneficial insects to combats unwanted pests, insects to feed your wildlife, and…honey!!!M.O.-Game Keepers (1)

2.They’ll grow on poor sites you’d normally leave idle
Many of the more common and popular wildflower species will survive and thrive on areas that just don’t seem worth the effort to establish a traditional food plot. Log loading decks are often left scalped of their top soil layer and compacted. These setbacks are no big deal for wildflowers. In fact, the little wildflower sprouts won’t have near the weed and grass competition compared to being planted in better soils, so they’ll have a much greater chance of survival and persistence.

3.Soil Improvement
By establishing wildflowers on previously underutilized, poorish sites, your soil will likely improve enough in time to become usable for lush food plots. Wildflowers often have aggressive root systems that penetrate deep to mine moisture and nutrients. As a result, hard soil layers will become loosened and aerated, levels of organic matter and top soil will increase, and soil microflora will flourish. [Read more…]

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Half a Tree Can Be Worth More Than a Whole

Winter months offer a great time to do woods-work on your property. One of the techniques that pay off during this time of the year is hinge-cutting (Video) maples, poplar and other softwood species. Hinge-cutting refers to cutting partially through a tree and felling it or pushing it over so that it remains connected to the stump and root system. This becomes an immediate browse source for your herd, but because you leave it connected to the root system it will continue to produce browse and cover for years to come. Other species can also be hinge-cut, it’s just the soft wood species offer some of the best browse available. [Read more…]