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We have some large old pine trees between our driveway and the neighbor's that will be cut down soon. What can we grow in the spot after they are gone? We are in southeast Michigan, zone 5-6 ish, and the site will be in full sun. Fruit/berry suggestions would be a plus.
The soil under well established pine trees is usually quite acidic. It is helpful to do a ph test on your soil so you know just what you are dealing with. If you are wanting to plant right away you will need to plant something that can handle the acidic soil. Blueberries, azaleas, and hydrangea all like acidic soil. Also a number of nut trees like walnut and pecan. If you are thinking to plant things like apples, peaches, cherries, etc. then you will need to let the soil rest and treat it to adjust the ph levels to where they need to be. Also do a little research to figure out what variety of the fruit grows best in your area and the soil ph levels that work best along with the proper treatment for the desired trees/plants and adjust it accordingly for best results. This information can usually be had for free from your local extension office or from a local college research team that is acquainted with the type of trees that you are interested in.
Service berry tree is a great option. First the leaves grow every spring, then it also grows small white flowers every spring too. Once those die off the berries start to grown. (Yes you can eat them after washing). About late May early June they are ready to eat.
American Mountain Ash tree(s) would be suitable for the acidic soil. Full sun is perfect and also the soil type present. I live in Michigan and can verify these trees will survive our harsh winters.
Dont plant anything yet. Do a PH test on your soil and treat it if it is not the proper PH. Then next season you can plant