I'm new to this group, but not to tree-growing/gardening. However, I
have a challenging plot of lowland that I'd like to make productive. It is:
Near Kansas City, so hot/humid summers and cold/dry winters (middle of
Can have lots of rain/snow/ice, and/or a couple months of drought with
watering restrictions in a year;
Is in a floodway, so 0 - 6 times a year it is a shallow, slow-moving river;
Has heavy, deep black soil, but is high in clay content and low in iron;
Is currently covered in tall fescue grass, has lots of insects, and
occasionally has deer and other wildlife.
I've got time -- 20+ years, hopefully -- and I'd like to make the land
productive. I've been thinking of planting some fruit or nut trees on
it, or failing that some type of desirable-wood tree. Or other ideas?
Here's some trees I see in the mass-market catalog(s):
Hardy walnut (no tomatoes too near)
Golden delicious apple
Red delicious apple
Seedless pink reliance grape (vines)
Are any of these likely to do well (assuming well-planted and protected
from the deer)? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.