I had the privilege of working just after a decent snowfall this January and thought I'd share some of the pics I took. I was mostly tasked with removing invasive species.
When the initial removal was complete, there remained healthy populations of silky and grey dogwoods and a nice elderberry thicket.
These headclipping weevils can do some disheartening damage to some plants and I think they are becoming more frequent. To help control future populations throw as many of the beheaded flowers in a sealed bag and throw it out. The flowers contain the larvae of next years' adults. Check out this excellent article by Joe Boggs for more details.
spring 2022 grow list
Finally, our spring grow list has been compiled! Contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or on Facebook.
PERENNIALS @ $5 3.5" POT
beebalm false blue indigo
blazing star (Liatris spicata) foxglove beardtongue
blue stemmed goldenrod great blue lobelia
blue wood aster green headed coneflower
New England Aster grey headed coneflower
butterfly milkweed golden Alexanders
common milkweed rattlesnake master
swamp milkweed narrow leaf mtn. mint
cardinal flower oxeye sunflower
columbine purple coneflower
common boneset sweet joe pye
common yarrow Virginia waterleaf
compass plant royal catchfly
GRASSES @ $5 3.5" POT
big bluestem Indian grass
little bluestem prairie dropseed
TREES AND SHRUBS 1 GALLON @ $10, 3 GALLON @ $20
American plum 3 red cedar 3
black chokeberry 1, 3 elderberry 1, 3
bladdernut 3 flowering dogwood 3
buttonbush 3 silky dogwood 1, 3
Ohio buckeye 3 grey dogwood 3
chokecherry 1 red twig dogwood 1, 3
winterberry 3 blackhaw viburnum 1, 3
hazelnut 3 American highbush cranberry viburnum 3
ninebark 3 arrowwood viburnum 3
redbud 1, 3 mapleleaf viburnum 3
paw paw 1,3 spicebush 1, 3
Multiflora rose is one of the nastiest invasive species I work with. Besides the skin piercing thorns, the stems can grow all over each other, climb twenty feet up into trees, and become an impenetrable thicket. On this particular site, the multiflora is so dense that I didn't find much life after the mess was removed. Sometimes a thicket like this will shelter some tree and shrub seedlings and saplings from deer predation, but all I found were a few stunted spicebush (deer resistant native shrub) and a few beech trees a couple feet tall that the deer have been feeding on. This situation is very common in forest canopy gaps where trees have fallen and suddenly there is a spot with full sun available on the forest floor. Even small multiflora roses can have a deep root system so digging everyone of them up is not an option with large scale infestations. The stems are cut and removed and herbicide is applied to the stumps. This is referred to as the cut stump method of herbicide application. This method is very efficient since only a small amount of herbicide is used as opposed to hosing everything down during the growing season which requires much more herbicide and will incur collateral damage to nearby plants we want growing. Without using herbicide on these larger plots, the multiflora will be right back where it was in a couple of years. A follow-up herbicide application will be needed in April when spot treatments will be needed. Also, I should take pictures while wearing my glasses!