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Join Date: May 2001
Location: Chester County/Franklin County
what to plant in mountain ground clearcut
A few years ago, we did a select clearcut of about 20 acres, and we figured not much useful was going to grow there for a while. We hoped that it would just get thick and give deer some cover and food. It may eventually get there, but in the meantime, it is covered in stiltgrass. We are having another cutting done this winter, and I would like to frost seed something in there that might have a change to grow instead of the stiltgrass that I know is just waiting for some sunlight. I have seriously considered japanese honeysuckle, and yes I know it is an invasive. However, the deer love it and it stays green and edible late into the winter. This is mountain ground, not tillable at all. It is relatively flat in this area, but this ground is mostly rocky and unworkable. But, clearly the stiltgrass and a few other things can get a foothold, so honeysuckle should be able to also.
Has anyone tried frost seeding honeysuckle? And if not, do you have a better alternative? In years past I have been growing chestnuts from seeds and planting them on some of our property that we can actually get a shovel in. I am going to try to get a few chestnuts planted in this newly cut area, but i dont have high hopes based on the quality of the ground.