Posted by Kimm
on 2002-02-09 07:48:15
What kind of evergreens are you planning on planting? I've had good success with Red Pine in my Lake Michigan beach sand with not much amendment and these seem to self seed quite easily also, although hemlocks, spruces, and a few white pine are showing up in the "natural" areas lately. For seedlings, trees not over 1 foot all, moisture is the dominate requirement and as long as there is a consistant supply of that the first year the seedlings root in well and do good on their own thereafter.
Be aware that in many areas of Michigan the European Sawfly, Spruce budworm, White Pine Mite (these buggers will get into spruces as well as White Pine), and some other pests are a real problem for trees about 5 to 7 years old.