Restoring after buckthorn removal
I have a wooded area, approx 1/2 acre behind my house. It was overrun by buckthorn, which choked off most of the other plant life in the area. I uprotted all the buckthorn in the area, but now the area between the trees is sparse and empty.
The trees are mostly maples and poplars, and they in the summer have a fairly dense canopy.
I am looking for something to repopulate the area--it looks quite sparse now between the trees, and I'd like to have something I like fill in, rather than more weeds and invasive species.
Any thoughts or recommendations would be much appreciated. I am not super knowledgeable about these things, so help is great. I live in Northeast Wisconsin, zone 5.