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I have some new small 1/4 acre spots in my woods that have been cleared. I am trying to figure out what to plant. Any suggestions on how to redevelop the area? Its just bare soil now from where they lumber guys dragged out the logs. its not really too rutted up or anything like that.

I am thinking of trying to put at least one food tree in each spot and then growing around it. but i am struggling to come up with plants that i can grow in the woods. Id say we are looking at 4 hours of sunlight.
 
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What type of trees are in your woods? What kinds of groundcover plants already grow there?
 
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Its mainly white oaks some poplars. There really isn't any ground cover other than small trees and muscadine vines.
 
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PawPaws, American hazelnuts, American leek, cornelian cherry dogwood, woodland strawberries (oikos tree crops has these), blueberries, and elderberries will grow in shade
 
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http://www.prairiemoon.com/choosing.php?fclassid=1

I have discovered a lot of plants through this nursery. This link is to their plant finder and you can choose sun, soil, plant types etc.
 
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Currants might work, and mulberries are an understory tree.
 
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