Cleaning the woods, nightmare plants
I've beening cleaning the woods at the boundaries over the last two weekends. It was really bad. Lots of invasive plants, multiflora rose, Jap honeysuckle. I'm sure they are many others. I think some trees were killed by the beasts. Some others lost limbs. Some of the old canes are wrist-size thick and hold very tight at the trees.
I cut the thick canes and removed some of them. I also put on some round-up at the cuts and I hope some will be killed. I only shredded half the cuttings and the wood chips are about a cubic yard. There will be more cleaning to do with I get time.
Now my question is: What should I do with the open areas? After I took out the bad plants, the ground is covered mostly with leaves and dead twigs. What will come up next year? Anything I should do?