Since then, we smothered the grass with paper and wood mulch (see this related posting), then we started to add back native tree, shrub and perennial species.
|Backyard Summer 2010|
The most amazing discovery of all although was a Bitternut Hickory seedling (Carya cordiformis). I found this seedling while putting some chicken wire around some new Hazelnut shrubs (so the rabbits won't browse on them this winter). There are a few Bitternut Hickory in our neighborhood, but the closest trees are at least a couple thousand feet away from our yard.
Bitternut Hickory have tell tale yellow colored buds that make these seedlings easy to identify in the winter months. We have planted one Bitternut Hickory in the lower part of our yard, but this seedling was a welcome sight.
|Black Cherry seedling|
|Red Oak seedling|