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  •  Doug Tallamy's book (3+ / 0-)
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    NoMoreLies, PeteZerria, chicklet

    (Bringing Nature Home) is teriffic.  I'm not sure if he includes the table in in, but he's got a chart of the native plant species that support the most insect, bird, and other species.  And I have just one word for you -- Oaks.  

    •  We heavily emphasize (5+ / 0-)

      oaks and hickories in our area. They are the dominant indigenous tree in the prairie/forest transition zone that we live in. Unfortunately, since they don't transplant well in the larger sizes, few nurseries produce them.

      If you know what you are doing and are somewhat competent in propagating plants, the acorns and hickory nuts are fairly easy to propagate, and can be started in cups or flats. The seedlings transplant relatively easily and can also be grown in 5-gallon pots.

      Oaks are well loved by deer and if you have a high deer population, the trees should be fenced until they are tall and thick enough to survive browsing (10-12 feet high, 3-4" in trunk diameter).

      Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

      by NoMoreLies on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 02:59:17 PM PST

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      •  Could you provide pointers? (0+ / 0-)

        I've just returned to Virginia after TOO LONG in Ohio, and I want to replace the invasive Ailanthus that has taken over the front yard of the cabin with a combination of deep-rooted oak and blueberries in the margins.  As that area was kept grassy by my predecessors, the stinktree had a clear field to move in, but I have roadsides FULL of acorns both in the hills and near my lowland apartment.  So, do I just bury them in a 5-gallon full of leafmold and leave them lying out in the open until something sprouts, or do I need to crack the acorn, or pop the cap, or what?

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