Too much Solomon's Seal?

Asked June 4, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Hello, I purchased an acreage in February in Southern MN, Martin County, Near Trimont. On the property there is a grove which has silver maple, cottonwood and mulberry trees. I have planted some pine, spruce, burr oak, and sugar maple saplings this spring. I am writing today because the grove seems to have a population of Native Solomon's Seal, so much so that I am wondering if it is overpopulated and needs to be thinned (the stand is 6ft+ tall). My goal, in the future, is to establish a healthy woodland species mix in the grove. does the Solomon's Seal need to be thinned in order for additional native woodland plants to thrive? I have attached some images for reference.

Martin County Minnesota

1 Response

I would do a survey of all of the wildflowers and trees on your property. If you study the wildflower and weeds that are thriving you can better predicts which new plant communities will thrive under those conditions. Many wildflowers appear and disappear in the matter of weeks. The solomon's seal is a large plant that is easily seen. https://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/giant-solomons-seal-4-13-12.aspx Start by removing all of the invasive (nonnative) weeds. If you open up areas to quickly weed seed will blow in and take over the holes and then you have a new problem. Only remove native plants that are blocking the sunlight in newly planted locations. Place tall wide fences around each individual young tree. Deer do not like confined spaces. Plant the new wildflowers within the fenced in area. The new plants are protected and can become established under the canopy of the trees. Deer love to eat young trees or damage the bark. Pine trees are a favorite food of deer. In fall, wrap the sugar maples with tree wrap to protect them from sunscald. Solomons seal is both deer and rabbit resistant. It may be there because these critters have eaten everything else. I would slowly remove the aggressive wildflowers after the new wildflower are established. Good luck with your woodland garden.