Invasive Plants: How to Identify and Remove

  1. IDENTIFY:  See the resources below.
  2. REMOVE: Lathrop volunteers are using two methods for removing invasives:
    1. Hand pull:  Disturb the ground as little as possible, lest you open it up for new seeds to sprout. Hang the pulled plant on the branch of a shrub, or put it on top of a rock or fallen branch so it dries out and cannot reroot.  If the plant has flowers or seeds, remove those to the “garden waste” receptacles on our land.
    2. Cut-stump.  Cut the shrub or vine as close to the ground as you can and, within 10 minutes, use a Buckthorn Blaster to paint the stump with herbicide.  (Buckthorn blasters with appropriate herbicide and instructions are available from Barbara Walvoord at walvoord@nd.edu).  Volunteers should not use herbicide in wetlands or within 100′ of open water.

RESOURCES FOR IDENTIFYING INVASIVE PLANTS AT LATHROP

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