Craig Dobbson wrote:Would you consider sharing photos of exactly what you're dealing with? Advice can vary greatly based on what we all imagine in our heads. If I could see the trees and how much shade they cast, I could probably give you a good idea as to what "I" would do.
If that's not possible, could you give me a more accurate idea as to where the trees are located?
how large are they?
What percent of the land to they shade at noon on the shortest and longest days of the year?
What are your soil conditions like?
What are your goals for the land?
-other structures or
Not sure if both photos posted. One is of the layout.
The beds on the east side by the house are a combination of annual and perennial fruits and vegetables as well as food for the pollinators and especially Monarchs. The maples shade these beds in the morning, as well as the lawn I would like to plant up. There is also a grove of native beach plum in the center that receives full sun.
The front of the house faces south and is shaded by oak and maple and exposed to heavy wind from the Delaware Bay.
West side is a sand path next to the neighbor’s weedy and porous hedge that blocks no wind to speak of.
To the north is a tiny “wild” area of cedar, cypress and sassafrass shielding us from that neighbor’s pool and giving birds, burrowers and insects a place to be. The soil is sandy, acidic and root -filled. It has been a corner suburban lot for about seventy years. We ripped out grasses and randomly planted Christmas trees when we started the gardens last spring. I have been amending the soil with compost and organic mushroom soil from a farm in Pennsylvania. Wish I could be more specific about the amount of daylight, but heavy shade under the trees lasts all day. I would like to include fig, persimmon and maybe an asparagus bed, as well as some layers under the fruit trees yet to be determined.
I really appreciate your interest.