Providing Food For Ruffed Grouse/Partridges

Asked November 13, 2014, 2:40 PM EST

A person came into our office who has 1/4 of an acre in the U.P. of Michigan that he sprayed heavily with glyphosate and wants to plant any of the following plants - crab apple, hawthorne, dogwood, sumac, viburnum, buffaloberry, wild grape, bittersweet, bush honeysuckle or autumn olive. But he needs to know if they'll survive in the U.P and with having sprayed the acreage with the glyphosate, if he can still plant any of those plants mentioned. He wants to provide food for Ruffed Grouse/Partridges. He also would appreciate any other input or information you may have on providing food/habitat for these birds.

Kalkaska County Michigan

1 Response

Hello

I found a good MSU Extension resource at: http://michigansaf.org/ForestInfo/MSUElibrary/Dudd_Grouse.PDF that addresses the topic of establishing ruffed grouse habitat.

As for selection of these shrubs, be sure to select cultivars that will be hardy to at least zone 4 for the UP. after treating with glyphosate, you always need to read the label directions. You would need to wait at least 30 days before planting. Due to the arrival of winter, he won't be able to plant these until next year.