Those of you who have been reading my posts know that the back half of my lot is a steep hillside I am trying to turn into a native woodland shade plant garden, reclaiming it from honeysuckle, english ivy etc.
So today I thought I would do some tree planting back there. What with spring planting and all, it's the first time I spent any significant time back there since winter. Wow! I was a bit overwhelmed with how overgrown it's gotten. Didn't do any tree planting yet, I spent the time I had just pulling all the weeds from the path, so there's a walking path again. Garlic mustard is invading and the white snakeroot though native is choking everything else out, there's bindweed ....
But my question is about the tree seedlings. I noticed that there's a bunch of tree seedlings starting. Some are baby hackberries, scions of the big old hackberry that is back there. But there's a bunch of box elder seedlings and ash seedlings, I think probably white ash.
So the ash tree is native here, but the emerald ash borer is on its way. Will I just be luring them in if I let a whole bunch of ash tree seedlings stay?
I think the box elder is native in the south and is spreading north, so it's sort of native, but both of these trees are becoming very prolific in my yard, not to say weed-like..
So what do people think? Pull them all, pull some of them, leave them all? Let everything duke it out and see who wins?