Suggestions for replanting a razed hillside?

chilehed(z5 MI)June 16, 2009

I just found out that my in-laws ended up with a razed hillside at their place near Bat Cave. Long story, not worth repeating and I don't know how big the area is, but they had a lot of mature hemlocks, hickorys and oaks, plus the usual rhodo maxima, some silverbells and I don't know what all else.

Dad's about to get someone to replant, but he isn't a plant guy and is likely to get stuck with whatever someone wants to foist on him. I want to give him a pick list of natives (or at least not invasive aliens) that will be good for the critters.

I'm thinking things like pecan, hickory, white oak, beech, persimmon, sugar maple, carolina hemlock, eastern red cedar, cunninghamia, amelanchier, pawpaw, hackberry, buckeye, wax myrtle, viburnum prunifolium, and mountain laurel.

Anyone have better suggestions, and an idea as to where some good local sources are?


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myrmecodia(7 NC)

Unless the stumps were ground down or pulled up and the topsoil carted away, I'd expect a lot of the trees to re-sprout from stumps or roots in a season or two. There are likely to be some seeds sitting in the soil as well. Perhaps wait until next year before spending lots of money on replanting?

I recently ran across an interesting article suggesting that the ability of many North American trees to re-sprout after cutting is an adaptation to beavers. Trees in Chile and Argentina evolved without beavers and die when they are cut down. Consequently, escaped N. american beavers are doing a huge amount of damage.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 3:09PM
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pfmastin(8 N. Carolina)

You might try this website....

It has lots of information on planting/landscaping/design with native plants. :)

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 7:39PM
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chilehed(z5 MI)

Thanks for the suggestions.

Unfortunately, they sent a bulldozer through the area so it's pretty torn up. Little chance of the woody stuff resprouting. It's about 15,000 square feet of bare dirt.

I'm a bit frustrated. He had it hydroseeded with lawngrass, rather than taking my recommendation to use bluestem and switchgrass and the like. *sigh* Oh, well, it's his place.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2009 at 1:37PM
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