I posted a message earlier in the year about my "high PH" problem in a woodland. Well, I didn't seem to get much response, so I thought I'd try a different approach.
The problem isn't really the PH; it's only about 6.7 or so. The soil is black, rich, loose, well-drained, moist soil - Seems to be the epitome of perfect woodland soil. I've planted quite a few things that seem to be doing well so far (a couple spruces, some viburnums, purplel-flowered raspberry, scarlet elder, and others) as well as a few things I probably shouldn't have planted (I splurged on a 'boursault' rhododendron and some pinxterbloom azaleas, which I planted in carefully prepped ground with peat moss and coarse sand). My problem now is the weeds. I'm almost scared to pull them all, because the creek floods from time to time, and I don't want too much erosion. Any way to keep the weeds at bay while plantings get established, yet not eradicate them entirely(at this point)? It's not really "weeds", just mostly some kind of grass. Doesn't really look like typical lawn grass, it's got fairly wide blades. The area is in semi-shade under ash, hackberry, a few elms, and mullberries. I've planted some saplings to eventually replace the mulberries and ash (They are dying off one by one).