With no known predators, an invasive can easily take over a natural pond or garden and will hinder the survival of native plants and is detrimental to wildlife.  If you have invasive plants in your landscape you can remove and replace them with native plants for a more sustainable environment.

How did an invasive plant get here? Invasives got here either by accident or intentionally. The more we travel the more species we are likely to transport via our shoes, suitcases or on cargo ships.  Birds and wind can also carry seeds from plants in the wild. The proper way to remove invasive weeds is to hand dig and dispose of in black contractor’s bag. Patience is key though. It will take numerous visits in order to eradicate it completely. It’s best to start controlling Phragmites when they’re small. Once the grass gets as tall as 10 feet and well established it’s a long endeavor.

Here’s a Common Reed Grass (Phragmites australis) we’ve been controlling in a natural pond in Garrison.

Click here for a handy list of invasive plants from the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation.

Have an invasive around your pond or landscape?

Give us a call for a site visit or e-mail a picture and write invasive on the subject line.

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