What should be used as ground cover on berms in hardwood forest?
Location: NW Arkansas
posted 4 years ago
We have an oak, hickory, maple forest that was spot logged a couple yrs ago so there is sun that comes through in spots. These trees are on a moderate slope. We are the highest spot around so the typical heavier rain basically runs off the mountain. This summer I plan to make some swales/berms with hugelkulture from all the left over tree tops from logging. Hoping I can keep some of the water on our land. These berms will be bare ground when I am done so I am wondering what will be best to use as a ground cover. I would guess most spots will be shaded 3/4 of the day. Wont be doing much with that area for the time being. Down the road it may end up being pasture but that could be yrs. Meanwhile deer browse there. I was looking over the ground cover mixes from peaceful valley farms. So many choices dont know what to use. Anyone familiar with these seed mixes and have suggestions what to use. Soil is acidic and clay based. Zone is 6b/7a.