Each year, in the winter, I work at improving the woodland (my "would-be-woods" I tend to call it). I have easier access to it this time of the year...each summer it fills in densely with pioneer species (such as goldenrod). I'd be okay if it were just native species that are intermediate in the succession process, but all too often I have non-natives and invasives--mainly mugwort. The mugwort has run rampant in the woodland since I last cleared it.
I'm embarrassed to show how I let the mugwort out of hand.
After cutting back the forsythia, the bare ground underneath
erupted in mugwort.
The woodland, though not as overgrown, has its share of
mugwort as well.
Last weekend, while walking the property, I decided to venture into the woodland which has been mostly off limits to me over the past 6 months or more. With hope that this will be a year of vast improvements, I set off for the camera and the sickle. I ended up cutting through the mostly fallen mugwort to make the paths more visible and more viable. I made it through the main path (the one that was most grown in as well) and part way through a thicker section above (and on the edge of) the woodland. Later, in the spring, a biologist from the WHIP program is supposed to come to check out what I have growing and to make suggestions about the best way to remove the invasives.
Of the small trees, I've been putting in each spring, the one that has impressed me the most so far, is the spicebush. It has grown tall and filled in nicely--the biggest of the five or so that I put in so far. I'm assuming this is the perfect site for it.
The spicebush I put in is going strong...
it is hard to see from the photo, but it is taller
than me, and well on its way to maturity.
We got things done in the house yesterday, and today, I worked on the outside. I still have to get my seeds planted in the next couple of weeks, but all in all it has been a good, and fairly productive winter. :)