Archive | Invasive Plants

Three Invasive Plant Species to Really Watch Out For

by Michael Bald People sometimes ask which invasive plant species give me the greatest cause for alarm. They often have their own list or landscape perspective, but frequently we’ll agree on one or two. For me, it’s a fairly simple question, but first I frame the response with a touch of personal / professional experience. […]

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Exotic Invasive Plant Control Hand Tools for Homeowners

by Bruce Wenning This article was first published in the Spring 2016 issue of The Newton Conservators Newsletter. The cutting, digging, and plant-pulling tools that I use for controlling the spread of exotic invasive plants on nonprofit conservation lands are no different from what I recommend to homeowners and beginning gardeners. There are many tools […]

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Developing Sterile Invasives (Why Bother?)

by Ellen Sousa Maine has become the latest state to ban the sale of exotic invasive plants Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) and Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii), both long-time staple plants of the landscaping industry that have seeded and spread aggressively into natural and agricultural areas in eastern USA. But are you aware of USDA-sponsored research […]

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So Why Don’t You Use the Chems, Mike?

by Mike Bald I get this question occasionally in my work managing invasive plants. When people are interested in hiring me, they do like to know the reasoning behind the company philosophy embracing only manual/mechanical methods. Since I always ask landowners about their vision for the property, I weave that exploration into the response about […]

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Mechanical Control of Invasive Shrubs on Oyster River Forest in Durham, NH

by Gerry Hawkes In September of 2014, the eight-acre, abandoned West Field on Oyster River Forest was cleared of invasive shrubs by uprooting and shredding. This was a superior alternative to herbicides because it eliminated the risk of watershed and aquifer contamination; left no standing dead shrubs; smoothed and prepared planting sites in the process […]

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Mystery Plant Identification

Plant Identification Challenge Solved Thank you to the many readers who responded to the June Plant Identification Challenge. Glenn White, New Jersey, was the only entry to correctly identify Ixeris stolonifera, or creeping lettuce. Ixeris stolonifera is listed in the Natural Resources Conservation Services’ (NRCS) PLANTS Database as introduced throughout Delaware and New Jersey and in […]

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