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Question: We have a wooded lot which is not mowed. It has naturally growing grasses, wildflowers, ferns, and trees. Recently, part of the area was destroyed by construction. How can we facilitate the restoration of this area? Are there grass seeds or wildflower seeds that thrive in shade that we can use to reseed it?

Answer: Before choosing seed for the area, consult your county forester (ph# 610/696-3500) - they may know of local, inexpensive sources of seed for native species. They certainly should have bulletins on restoring vegetation to wooded areas.Another source of info is the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society (PO Box 281, State College PA 16802-0281; ph# 814/234-4779). <br><br>Soil around construction sites often suffers from compaction due to operation of heavy machinery, or simply from concentrated human activity.To prep the area for planting, areate the soil. Usually tilling isn't an option in a wooded area because of the concentration of tree roots, but you should at least rake it vigorously before planting seed. Hope this helps!

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