Native plantings question
Good afternoon, I am inquiring about local expertise for native gardening. My mom owns a home in Allegan county. Unfortunately, much of the area has been taken over by ivy and vinca, snow on the mountain, and other invasive plants. I am happy to put forward some effort and money but do not know where to start as I live out of state. My own yard back home is certified as conservation and pollinator friendly but I received help for local native conservation foundations. Can you please point me in the right direction on how to start this project of removing invasives and choosing good plants and seeds for our property that will not need a lot of attention. Thank you!
Allegan County Michigan
You can find a wealth of information about native plants for Michigan at the MSU Native Plants and Ecosystems website at https://www.canr.msu.edu/nativeplants/. Each of the areas that can be accessed from that page (see the tabs across the top) contains information related to a specific area. I would also suggest exploring the website of the Allegan Conservation District at https://allegancd.org/. There is also a group called the Land Conservancy of West Michigan. Their focus is on preserving or restoring public areas, not private land, but they maintain a listing of native plant sales in the area (https://naturenearby.org/2020-native-plant-sales-in-west-michigan/).
For information on how to manage the unwanted plants that have invaded the property, please review the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) website at https://www.misin.msu.edu/. To navigate to the species in question, select Explore, then Species Information from the drop down menu. This site provides treatment recommendations for some plants; for others it provides links to additional information.
Michigan also has a network of Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs). Allegan County would be part of the West Michigan Conservation Network. Contact information for that group can be found here: https://www.michiganinvasives.org/westmichiganconservation/.
You might also want to review the Michigan Native Plant Producers Association website (https://www.mnppa.org/) for additional information on natives and invasives.