- IDENTIFY: See the resources below.
- REMOVE: Lathrop volunteers are using two methods for removing invasives:
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com). Volunteers should not use herbicide in wetlands or within 100′ of open water.
RESOURCES FOR IDENTIFYING INVASIVE PLANTS AT LATHROP
- Identifying/Removing Lathrop’s Most Dangerous, Most Common Invasive Shrubs and Vines. This one-page decision-tree is intended to be used by Lathrop volunteers, on our land, as they learn to identify the most dangerous invasive shrubs and vines. To create the brochure, print on two sides of a single sheet of paper, flipping on the short side. Then fold the sheet into thirds. Invasives Tri Fold (1)
- Help learning to identify common invasives. Each invasive is explained with characteristics and a self-correcting quiz. http://www.misin.msu.edu/training/
- How to Identify and Remove Invasives, by the New England Wildflower Society and Smith College for the Mill River Greenway Initiative: http://millrivergreenway.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Smith-College-invasive-guide-booklet.pdf. Contains excellent photos and information on many, not all, of the invasives most troublesome at Lathrop. Includes information on the damage done and the methods of removal, with tables and calendars for invasive removal methods.
- A Guide to Invasive Plants in Massachusetts. 75-page booklet by the Mass. Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife. Contains opening discussion of invasive plants and then a page for each invasive, with photos and description. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/natural-heritage/publications-forms/publications/
- Mistaken Identity? Invasive Plants and their Native Look-Alikes. http://www.nybg.org/files/scientists/rnaczi/Mistaken_Identity_Final.pdf