Asked September 25, 2023, 8:57 PM EDT
Hello. My family home is situated on about 7 acres of land, most of which is wooded. The wooded area closest to the house had a large number of ash trees, almost all of which have died off. As they died, my father cleared the land and turned it into lawn. At this point there is a large amount of lawn that is unused, perhaps an acre or so. I would like to “reforest” that area so that (eventually) it is left wild. The ground is near a creek and can get quite wet, and the soil is mostly clay. The creek seems healthy and has quite a bit of wildlife. There is also a fairly steep incline of about 80 feet or so rising from near the creek. It used to have ash trees but is now mostly bare. I wonder if you can point me to some resources about reforesting land and/or could help me with the following:
1. What trees are the best for those conditions?
2. What kind of timeline should I think about for this project as far as stopping mowing while making sure invasives don’t take over?
3. Are there other plants/seeds I should sow between the trees when they are still young to help the process?
Thank you very much for any advice you can give.
Medina County Ohio