Protect Your Property From Invasive Species!

Integrated Management

The most effective approach is multi-pronged.  Depending on the type of plants your are trying to control you may be able to use a combination of biological control, mechanical treatment like handpulling, seeding disturbed areas and herbicide.  For more information on control and identification of invasive plants please contact us.  If you are not sure what types of plants you have we can do a site visit.

Management is important

Learn to identify invasive plants. 

Monitor your property for new infestations.

Prevent new infestations.

Control existing problems.

Evaluate your approach to see if it is effective.

Prevention is the Key.

Stopping invasive plants from ever reaching your property and quickly dealing with them if they do arrive is very smart management. If you are getting hay, fill, gravel, rock, top soil or mulch delivered you should check that it comes from a clean source before you buy it.  If you are doing building or development on your property it is wise to require contractors and equipment operators to arrive with clean equipment.  Remember invasive plants love disturbance.  Be sure to seed disturbed areas as soon as possible.  It is important to ask for the Certificate of Seed Analysis when you buy seed.  Sometimes there are contaminates in seed mixes.

Why You Should Care About The Impacts of Invasive Species

Invasive Plants can:

 

Reduce native species populations.

Degrade ecosystems.

Negatively impact biodiversity.

Affect human health.

Reduce property values.

Affect local economies. 

Can cause export and import trade restrictions.

Increase fire hazard.

Increase erosion and sedimentation.

Destroy habitat.

Interfere with forest regeneration.

Affect crop yield.

Creates a hazard for swimmers and boaters when they clog waterways.

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