There is a lot of talk in the native plant, wildlife conservation, and pollinator worlds about the impacts of invasive species. Each year, agencies and organizations across the country spend millions of dollars combating invasive species and their negative impacts. But where does that leave us, as private homeowners and individuals?
We may recognize that invasive species are a problem, but what can we do about them on our own properties? Do we even have invasive species on our property? How do we know if we have them or not? And, if we do have invasive species, how do we get rid of them?
In April, my husband will be leading us in a four-part course designed to answer those questions. Each week we will tackle a different group of invasive species – trees and shrubs, vines, herbaceous plants, and perennial grasses.
For each group, we’ll learn how to identify some of the common invasive plants in the eastern U.S. using characteristics that are easily seen (or smelled!). We’ll also talk about native species that may look similar and how to tell them apart from the invasive species, because we don’t want to accidentally get rid of the native species.
After we know how to identify the species, we’ll talk about how to control them. The control methods discussed will include mechanical controls, chemical controls, and other strategies that can help control invasive species on our property. No single method of control will work on all species, in all locations, on all sized properties, or at all times of the year. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, so we will discuss them all and let you choose the best method for your property and unique situation.
Class Topics and Dates:
- April 7: Identification and Control of Invasive Trees and Shrubs
- Species discussed will include autumn olive, tree of heaven, princess tree, and others.
- April 14: Identification and Control of Invasive Vines
- Species discussed will include English ivy, kudzu, Oriental bittersweet, and others.
- April 21: Identification and Control of Invasive Herbaceous Plants
- Species discussed will include garlic mustard, Japanese stilt grass, beefsteak plant, and others.
- April 28: Identification of Invasive Perennial Grasses
- Species discussed will include tall fescue, Johnson grass, and others.
Each class is $10 and you can choose the ones that will be most helpful to you. Learn more and / or register at: Identifying and Dealing with Invasive Plant Species on Your Property.