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?
This four-part, online course is designed to help you answer those questions. Each week we will tackle a different group of invasive species – trees and shrubs, vines, herbaceous plants, and perennial grasses. You can take any combination of the classes depending on your needs and interests.
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 the invasive species. 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.
- 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.
- 7:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. ET
- Class will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
- Bonus time may be available after class if participants want to stay and ask additional questions or have more in-depth discussions.
- $10 / Class
- Deadline to register is 8:00 a.m. CT / 9:00 a.m. ET on the morning before the class.
- By 5:00 p.m. CT on the day before class, all registered participants will be sent an email with class login information.
- Late registrations will not be available in order to give everyone time to receive their login information.
- Class will be held virtually through Zoom.
- The class will be recorded for those who cannot make the scheduled time and participants who want to re-watch the presentation.
- For your privacy, participant videos will NOT be included in the recording.
- The video will be available for online viewing for approximately one week.
- After class is over, you will be sent an email with a link to the video and details for how to view it.