In 2009, we restored a portion of the southern part of our yard. Prior to applying for the Grant, we removed invasive species (Buckthorn, Garlic Mustard & European Bellflower) and non-native Common Lilacs from the area.
Our house in situated on a gravel esker, the result of glacial melt outwash. The restoration site has a southern sloped exposure with a fairly significant oak canopy so it is partially shaded. The soil is a gravelly sandy loam and very well drained.
Historically, these eskers were not farmed in our area due to the poor soil and slopes so this has left an undisturbed native seed bank. Because of this, we are fortunate to have native plants reemerging in the yard in areas that are no longer mowed.
If you are considering doing a restoration in your yard it is worth the time to do the research to determine the pre-settlement plant community, the geology/soil and the climatic conditions (sun, wind etc) so you incorporate the most suitable native plants.