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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WOODSCAPE MANAGEMENT CONTINUED...

A REAL SPRING DAY
MORE ON WOODSCAPE MANAGEMENT

Wednesday, 9:00 AM.  60 degrees F and rising.  Wind WSW, light with stronger gusts.  The barometer is rising, at 30.80 in.  The humidity is 50% and falling.  It is a real spring day but feels very changeable.
   To continue yesterday's discussion of what I am calling woodscape management, I offer the following synopsis of trees and shrubs suitable for planting and underplanting in a mixed hardwoods woodlot.


SHRUBS
Juneberry, Amelanchier,*
Nannyberry*,  Viburnum lentago
Arrowwood*, Viburum dentatum
Pagoda dogwood*, Corns alternifolia
American hazlenut,* Corylus Americana
American cranberry*, Viburnum trilobum.   Or  plant in sunny opening
Blueberry+,  vaccinium, there are a number of species, plant sun or partial shade, must have acid soil.
DECIDUOUS TREES
Sugar maple, Acer saccharrum*
Yellow birch, Betula lutea*, overstory tree.
Ironwood, Ostrya Virginiana*,  understory tree
Showy mountain ash+, Sorbus decora,  understory tree or sun.
American linden*, AKA basswood, Tilia Americana. overstory tree.
CONIFERS
Balsam fir*, Abies balsamea
White spruce+, Picea glauca 
White pine+, Pinus strobus
Canadian hemlock*, Tsuga Canadensis
The conifers all prefer an acid soil.

These selections will tolerate shade or partial shade* in a wooded environment, some need to be planted in a sunny opening+ to do best.  There are many other native trees, shrubs and evergreens suitable for woods edge planting, and ferns and wildflowers for woodland planting are also readily available..
Most residential woodlots are cutover areas with very little diversity, and further north many are mostly birch and aspen, short lived species needing constant maintenance.  Adding longer lived trees and shrubs and greater species diversity will enhance beauty and wildlife and reduce maintenance costs in the long run. 

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