Starting new woods - any ideas?
I am trying to reforest a part of an old pasture. Most of the pasture is low-lying, but there is a slight knoll at the Northeast corner that extends beyond the fence. (The area behind the pasture is just abandoned land - lots of 10 ft. tall trees) I want to plant a 100-ft wide strip of woods, consisting of sugar maple, basswood, white ash (Emerald ash borer aside), red oak, and other mesic-type trees. The area is at the base of a west-facing slope, with decently moist, rich soil that is somewhat acidic (About 6.5 or so). I also want to include a 30 foot "Woodland edge" with trees like dogwood, redbud, and serviceberry. I have started out with only 5-10 year old saplings - I know I'm going to have to wait a while for the woods. Any way to keep weeds and invasives out? Also, does Carolina Silverbell grow OK in central Indiana? I love the look of them, and want to include a few in the edge area.