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From: "Jan Clark" <janclarx@hotmail.com>

>This spring a colony of wood ants sprang up under one of my daylily 
clumps. The roots of the clump were completely in the ant-hill.  
Surprisingly, that clump did better than most others.  The tunneling of 
the ants provided aeration to the roots in heavy clay soil, the 
excavated dirt was a natural mulch, and the wastes of the ants provided 
some needed nitrogen--or so I would guess.
>For information about ant natural history, try JOURNEY TO THE ANTS, by 
Holldobler and Wilson.  Wonderful book.
>Bill Shear

I will bear this in mind, and try and be very patient with the 
megazillion ants in my garden. Yesterday I found yet another colony of 
ants setting up home under an iris rz. My treatment is to remove their 
protective rock and back fill their tunnels. They usually move on 
quietly. I'm seriously hoping they aren't evolving better methods of 
dealing with this planets' greatest pest - us.
(Anyone seen 'Sand Kings' ?)
Jan Clark

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