Manage Invasives Now

Manage Invasives Now

Manage Invasives Now

Spring is here and gardening season is right around the corner. Now is the time to start thinking about removing any invasive plants on your property! Here are some recommendations for how best to manage invasive plants on your land. Mechanical management includes activities such as hand-pulling; chemical management refers to the use of an herbicide. Consider factors such as timing, labor and cost in choosing which method works best for you and your property. Remove plants before they have begun to produce seeds to avoid accidentally spreading the infestation. (Some herbaceous plants may start producing seeds as early as mid-May, so it is best to start planning now.) The best way to dispose of invasive plants is to bring them to a landfill in a dark plastic bag to ensure that no light can enter. Never place invasive plants in your compost pile. Some invasive plants can still reproduce even if there were no seeds when the plant was pulled. Be sure to recheck each year for regrowth. Seeds of some invasive plants can remain in the soil for up to ten years. If possible, keep track of where you find plants each year to determine whether your management is effective.Visit vtinvasives.org for help on how to control specific plants. Contact Elana at [email protected]

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