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Page 2C COMMUNITY Hays Free Press April 19, 2017 4- Buda Beavers Continued from pg. 1C "block the pond drain." "What it does is it extends a pipe out to the middle of the retention pond and pulls the water underneath their dam and puts it farther out to where they don't hear the water trickling anymore," Hall said. Hall said by bypassing the dam, beavers cannot hear water trickling. When beavers hear the trickling of water, they pull the "dirt and all the debris from underneath, patch- ing it and causing the water to rise," she said. "This (blockage) com- promises the function of the retention pond to hold and distribute rain runoff, posing a potential flood- ing threat," Buda public information officer David Marino said. The "beaver-friendly" flow control structure was installed underneath the beaver dam by city of- ficials the week of April 10. Officials hope the move PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF BUDA Above, city workers install large pipes underneath the beaver dam. Inset, the beaver lodge on Garlic Creek Retention Pond made of mud, cattails and sticks with an underwater entrance. will allow the beavers to continue living on the pond without disruption. Mike Bodenchuk, director of Texas Wildlife Services, said Buda's solu- tion to its beaver problem is "an innovative approach said he didn't know when the actual beaver situation began, but recalls how staff members have had to clear out the pipes due to debris in the past. "I think we have found a sensible solution that can be used throughout the region and throughout the state if it works," Ruge said. Howev- er, it's still too early to tell at this time if the new instal- lation is working or not. "We will evaluate the struc- tures and ~ ~ ifthey ................................................................................................................... perform that will protect the as de- wetland, wildlife and the signed," Bodenchnk said. neighborhood. "The design may be in- Buda Mayor Todd Ruge cluded in future retention ponds to prevent the risk of floods while maintain- ing wetland characteris- tics." Ruse remains optimis- tic about the creative solu- tion toward cohabitation, but maintained Buda has always thought "outside the box" when presented with a delicate situation. "My hope is the solu- tion works," Ruge said, 'Tklthough this is the first situation involving wildlife that we have encountered, Buda has always looked for ways to think 'outside the box' to solve prob- lems." According to the release, the TWSP will be closely monitoring the piping structures for their efficacy. "Because the approach is relatively new, we will also work with wildlife groups to use this as a demonstration site for community coexistence with wildlife," Bodenchuk said. Ask Amanda Continued from pg. 1C china cabinet to remind me of the joyshe received when she was able to share her bounty of cut flowers with her friends and family every week. Even if you have the smallest yard, it is easy to cultivate your own cut flower garden to share with others, or to bring a little bit of the outdoors into your own home. A cut flower garden can be thought of as that part of your yard or even a container dedicated to growing the specific types of flowers that can be cut and displayed indoors. There are just a few simple guidelines to follow. Make sure when choos- ing plants that they can stand up to living in a vase. They should bloom on long, sturdy stems and not wilt easily when cut. If you have enough room, try and include blooms for each season as well as different ever- greens and grasses too for added texture and interest in your arrangements. When harvesting your flowers, make sure you cut further down the stem than the length you think you need. You can always trim, but it's harder (but not impossible) to add back on! Collect your flowers and foliage in the morn- ing so they are plump with moisture and will last the longest after cut- ting. Get them into water as soon as possible to prevent wilting and keep in a cool place until ready to arrange. Watch your pets if you have a curious one like mine. My kitty loves to taste fresh flowers so I have to keep them far out of his reach for the protection of both the cat and my arrangements. As long as the blooms will last cut in water, your imagination is the only limit to what you can use in cut flower arrange- ments. Here are a few of my own ideas. I love daisies, and they make beautiful cut flower presentations. Purple coneflower was one of my aunt's favorites because of their vibrant color and sturdiness in a vase. Shasta and ox-eyes, black-eyed Susans, and gerberas are some other good choices. Yarrow, bluebonnets, yuccas (both yucca and hesperaioe species), inland sea oats and mealy blue sage are easy to grow natives that make nice cut flowers and foliage options. You can also trim some trees to use in arrange- ments, such as mountain laurel (flowers and foli- age), red bud (blooms in early spring), possumhaw and other hollies, juni- pers, and wax and Greek myrtles. Roses are the tradi- tional cut flower usedfor many years in arrange- ments for almost any occasion. While the floral high center roses struggle here in our heat and soil, we still have some good options to include in our arrangements. Some of my favorites are Belinda's Dream, Souvenir de la Maimaison and other Bourbon roses, Lafter and other Teas, and using the smaller bendable canes of Red Cascade. Other flowers and herbs not to be forgotten include rosemary, sage, basil and mint for pretty foliage and fragrance and bulbs (or similar) includ- ing irises, daffodils, gladi- olas and daylilies. Just remember that next time you want to fill your home with cut flowers, you may only need to step out of your front door for a world of endless of pos- sibilities from plants that give again and again, week after week. Happy garden- ing everyone! 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