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Invasive plants, a real threat: As a
homeowner but also as a citizen, if you
see one purple loosestrife on your road,
one Japanese knotweed in your garden, a
reed grass (Phragmites), multiflora rose,
garlic mustard, or Japanese honeysuckle
in your yard or woods—get it out now.
Invasive plants are successful at being
invasive because they multiply and spread
extremely quickly. They threaten habitat,
disrupt eco-systems, cost millions of
dollars to manage, and are also a big pain
in your garden.
To do and not to do
You have decisions to make about
how to handle weeds. As an organic, eco-friendly gardener, I recommend that you
do as I (and most of my gardening friends)
do: dig or pull the weeds, often and early.
- Do not till an area filled with weeds,
especially if there are the types with
runners, rhizomes, taproots, or where
annuals have been left to spread their
seeds. Tilling multiplies weeds.
- Herbicides are marketed aggressively
to gardeners and homeowners. If you
choose to use them, you must read and
heed the labels carefully; there are health
and safety warnings and ecosystem
consequences in many cases. Herbicides
kill plants, so be careful they are not
harming your chosen plants.
- Preen and some similar products
are often misunderstood. Such products
prevent germination of seeds, but do not kill
existing weeds. They can be very effective
in a new bed when annual weeds are in the
area and can blow in. (Some products have
combined functions; read the labels.)