Old Mandeville Woods
Between Labarre and Preval Streets
West of Soult St
Kevin Lilly of Showcase Properties (ShowcaseProp.com) is the agent for lots 5B, 8A, 12B and 14B. Contact him at 985-869-8690 and at kevinlilly@showcaseprop.com.

Old Mandeville Woods
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Wildlife Easement Landscaping


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Background to Landscaping the Wildlife Easements

The property was clear-cut around 1960 and then selectively cut in 1997, so the large trees are approximately 40 years old, consisting predominantly of loblolly, slash pine, red oak, water oak, and live oak with some sweetgum. Smaller trees are mostly magnolia, persimmon, mayhaw, crab apple, parsley haw, and black gum with an occasional black cherry and American holly. The understudy is predominately yaupon, wax myrtle, beautyberry, blackberry, Cherokee and Chickasaw roses, trumpet creeper, poison ivy and greenbriar with lesser occurances of arrowwood, huckleberry, inkberry, and wild blueberries.

The landscaping procedure leaves the larger trees standing with their lower branches trimmed to open up the view through the woods. To maintain wildlife habitat, small trees such as persimmon, mayhaw, crab apple, parsley haw, black cherry, and American holly were left uncut along with bushes of arrowwood, beautyberry, huckleberry, and wild blueberries. Most of the yaupon, wax myrtles, and small black gum trees were removed and replaced with flowering and fruiting trees and plants such as papershell pecans, japanese persimmons, spineless blackberries, blueberries, figs, red mulberries, sawtooth oaks (acorns for deer), and different native mallows (hibiscus species that can withstand the winters). The floor of the forest was mulched to reduce weeds. Evergreen groundcover is provided by ardesia in the shade and asian jasmine along the sunny margins near Old Mandeville Lane. Irises and red maples were planted in interior wet spots and irises and pickerel weed (has purple flowers) are being planted for erosion control along the drainage swales adjacent to Old Mandeville Lane.

Examples of Plants in the Wildlife Easements

Documenting the plants when they flower or bear fruit is a continuing project. Many of the plants had already flowered before we began the process in the early summer, e.g., cassias, crab apples, mayhaws, and azaleas and will be added next spring. We are also trying to document the wild animals in the subdivison. Deer, fox, gray squirrels, fox squirrels, and hawks are frequently seen and a pair of bald eagles were observed flying over the woods in the spring. We put corn out in the woods for the deer in the winter and hope to keep them in the subdivision when they move back and forth to nearby Fontainebleau State Park.

Below are some of the plants in the wildlife easements.

Vaccinium sp.

Sambucus canadensis

Rubus sp.

Erythrina herbacea

American beautyberry
Callicarpa americana

Trumpet creeper
Campsis radicans

Chionanthus virginicus

iris & ardisia
Iridaceae sp. &
Ardisia japonica

Viburnum dentatum

Confederate rose
Hibiscus mutabilis

Texas star
Hibiscus coccineus

woolly rose-mallow
Hibiscus lasiocarpos

Hibiscus syriacus

Magnolia grandiflora

morning glory
Ipomoea sp.

poison ivy
Rhus radicans
on a honey bee hive
in a red oak tree

papershell pecan
Carya illinoensis

longleaf pine
Pinus pallustris

blazing star
Liatris elegans

Cherokee rose
Rosa laevigata

Swamp Red Maple
Acer drummondii

Crataegus opaca

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