Sunday, May 13, 2012

Pest Plant Problem

This blog is the complement to the June 2, H2Ohhh! event at Camp Bayou. Each week, we will post one of the questions from our contest. The post will have some relevant info and maybe be a hint to the correct answer to the question of the week.

You have looked at the plants in your yard and discover you have a few of those nasty pests. What to do now? You can pull them out if there are just a few and not too big or you can spray with herbicide if coverage is more widespread. Be careful which chemical you use since there are regulations and environmental concerns for each of them. There are some great resources out there to learn how to remove those pests in the most effective way possible. Be sure to check out these websites before you start slashing or spraying:

Identification and Control of Invasive Plants (PDF)
Brazilian Pepper Identify and Eradicate (PDF)
Herbicides to Kill Invasive Trees 
Biology and Control of Aquatic Plants (PDF)

For a peek into other methods used in natural areas, check out this manual from The Nature Conservancy.

This leads us to the next critical step for preventing the spread or recurrence of those pests in your landscape and beyond.

This week's question is, How should you dispose of invasive plants on your property?

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