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I do most of my butterfly’in, gardn'in, and picture takin on my little 14 acres of paradise. South Louisiana pine woods with a nice mix of hardwoods. I try to manage for max wildlife...habitat and food.
Predominate trees---Pine, Red & white oaks, hickory,maple,tuliptree,sassafras,
blackcherry,dogwood,serviceberry,holly,persimmon,magnolia and beech.

In the back, are a couple of acres of bottomland, with two small creeks, tupelo trees,bay and a pitcher plant bog,wild azaleas, tons of various ferns and joepye.

The last several years I’ve done a lot of burning and thinning to encouraging the return of native grasses and wildflowers. The local critters and I are beginning to enjoy the results of a lot of hard, hot work.

Aug.2005 Katrina took out many large, beautiful trees.(crushing the understory in the process). Which led to more burning of the tree top impact area. I left the rest to rot and feed the soil. Feb.2010, I planted, by hand, 400 longleaf pine seedlings. There are volunteers for "everything" except longleaf.
Now I’m back to succession/re-forestation.

I live in: United States

My zone is: 8b LA

My favorite forum 1 is Butterfly Garden.

First registered on August 09, 2003 .