Posted by Bex on 10:08:21 6/10/2009 from 220.127.116.11:
We have a very large yard (a small field, really, that is kept mowed) abutting a river in Western MA. The soil is naturally quite sandy, however, we have never had a problem growing a pretty good lawn, or even gardens in that area. However, in the last 5 years or so, we have watched it develop huge barren, dusty patches full of ant hills. They are EVERYWHERE--several varieties--and their territory is now moving up into our main lawn and closer to the flower beds/lilacs, etc. I have noticed the problem extending across the road to our neighbors as well. What can we do? I hate the thought of chemicals, since we have so much other wildlife around the yard and are close to the river. The property is far too large for spot treating. I'm wondering if soil amendments would turn this around? I have noticed that there are some patches of white clover among "the desert" that seem mostly unaffected. Would plowing, amending with compost and planting a white clover cover or even a wildflower meadow deter the ants? Thanks for your help!
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