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Old 05-18-2013, 06:48 PM   #1
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I posted in this in my regular forum (the Dead Lawn Society) but I wanted to post it here as well. It's the link to my new "backyard reforestation" site. All comments are welcome. The link is: Reforest Your Yard | No money? No gardening skill? No problem.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:06 PM   #2
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Question for you since I think this is a neat concept for anyone on a budget who can't stand their lawn.... what was your land before it was a subdivision and what do you do with the plants that take root that aren't locally native? Just curious.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:09 AM   #3
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My yards had been a mix: grass, ornamental bushes, and original native trees. With some original native trees to help seed, it made it much easier for me than if I had just been starting from a sea of turf grass.

If non-native plants sprout up in my yard, I yank them. But if a novice/non-gardener followed my reforestation advice, they would certainly be at risk of growing a lot of non-native species. Hopefully they would eventually learn to identify native species. I wouldn't recommend that they hold off on attempting reforestation until they knew how to identify native species. It takes many years to grow trees and it's easy to remove them when they're young.
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Around here if we even tried what you're doing we'd end up with Sawtooth Oak, Norway Maple, Siberian Elm, Gray Poplar, Buckthorn, Siberian Dogwood, with Oriental Bittersweet and Porcelainberry Vine scrambling up everything and Garlic Mustard and Reed Canary Grass battling for control of the understory. Garlic Mustard would win. I think this is what happens when you're anywhere near a big city where exotic ornamentals have been planted for the last coupla hundred years. There's really not much left that's native.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:48 AM   #5
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Ouch. I'm in the suburbs of Houston and 95% of the trees that sprout up in my yard are natives. I guess it's because so many original natives were preserved when the subdivision was built, and are still standing.
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Braggart. Just funnin' with ya. I'm happy for you... seriously I am. Just the last few weeks I spotted barberry seedlings here. Gag me. I pulled those as fast as I could.
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I wish every where had such a high percentage of natives germinating...then we wouldn't be in as bad of a mess as we are.
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