Need advise for replanting after huge cotton wood trees taken down last week.
In Bemidji city limits I just had three large cotton woods taken down. Need advise on what best options I might have for filling in the open area with a mess of saw dust under some tall spruce trees. Fruit trees, Blueberries, raspberries? Something I can annually harvest?
Beltrami County Minnesota
What this means for you is that it may be a bit tricky to successfully grow much in this area for awhile. I'm not aware of any plant that doesn't need proper nutrients to grow well, so base plant choices on other factors like sun exposure, watering needs, etc. You can try to tip the scales in your favor by removing as many wood chips as possible from the planting area and adding compost and good quality topsoil along with fertilizer applied as directed by a soil test to compensate for the reduced availability of nitrogen. Realize that you will have to keep adding these things for several years as the ground sinks in this area.
Another idea is to wait for several years before planting in this area and instead make a flower planter arrangement over the area with a bird bath or other temporary "fix". Any fruit tree or shrub you plant will need full sun. Often this is not the case under large trees.
Thank you for contacting Extension.