Controlling Invasive Plants
Exact strategies for the removal of invasive plants can vary, depending on the variety of plant and your personal preferences. In general, we recommend a four-step process for invasive plant mitigation:
Identification: If you have a plant in your yard that leafs out early and holds onto its leaves much later than surrounding plants, there is a good chance that the plant in question is an invasive. There also a variety of online resources for identifying plant species (see below) and apps like PlantNet and iNaturalist can also help determine whether plants are invasive.
Removal: Depending on the invasive species in question, there are a variety of ways to remove invasive plants including manual, mechanical, organic and chemical methods. Learn more about the options in the links below to determine which course of action is best for your situation.
Replacement with Native Plants: By replacing non-native invasive plants with species that are native to our region, you can help increase biodiversity and provide a valuable resource to native insects, birds and wildlife.
Ongoing Maintenance: Because invasive plants are such prolific seeders, there will likely be many seeds left behind within your yard. It may take several years of vigilance and maintenance to get them fully in check. Treat or remove these sprouts as soon as you can to deny them the opportunity to grow into mature plants, capable of spreading more seed in the surrounding area.
The resources below will help you identify and remove these pesky invaders!