Converting edge of woods into wildflowers
We're looking into converting the edge of a woods into wildflowers. The 700 sq.ft. was full of buckthorn, raspberry bushes, nettles and other weeds. It would be very difficult to till it up with all the roots. What would be the best way to prepare the ground? Smother the area with a tarp? Last year we cut the buckthorn off near the ground and treated the stumps. Then we sprayed roundup on it all to kill everything.
Goodhue County Minnesota wildflowers and native plants
Thank you for the info Bob. It sounds like it's critical to get ALL existing vegetation dead and removed. My concern is all the buckthorn stumps. They range in size from 3/4" to 6" in diameter and there's probably 30 or so of them. First question about these is, do they have to be removed? Second question is how does a person remove them? The space and location is not flat and easily accessible to get any big equipment there. I'm afraid trying to till in that area with all those stumps and roots would wreck my tiller. We put Tordon on all the stumps last year in hopes it would kill them. Is it possible to leave them in the ground and spread new soil over them and plant?
Got it. Thanks!