The first waves of parsnip are down.  More will follow, as shall I.

Was curious to know the seed count on one particularly huge wild parsnip.  I had ballparked 2500 as a good working average a couple years ago, but this trophy plant last week easily topped 15,000.  Impressive.

I’m able to pull thousands in a day, targeting the most mature plants first.  Since those will have viable seed earliest, it’s important to buy time and catch them.  Good sunny days dry out and bake the plants very quickly – no time lost to piling or removing from site.

More long days ahead!

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A Strong Start to 2015

Be smart and be careful as you work with  your landscape / farm / garden.  Breaking the seed cycle is a powerful tool, and the place to do that is at critical chokepoints or gateways on your land.  Keep the focus on outliers and colonizers if you already have an invasive species established, and work to bring in competition… durable native species.  I don’t encourage a lot of smothering, but a heavy tarp or old plywood will absolutely smother the wild chervil beneath it.  But not a blue tarp… not effective.  Smothering and strip mowing can contain a patch and prevent expansion, but there’s no way around the old “patient pulling and vigilance” approach.

I’ll urge you to watch for poison ivy as well.  This is a banner year…. it’s now on many of my sites, in impressive size and quantity.  I attempt to leave it alone as a native plant, but it’s a tough species to work around.  I see ivy as a mimic to the plants nearby.  Under grapevines, it takes a similar size and color, near hog peanut the ivy is much smaller and dainty, under box elder saplings you could easily misread it for box elder.  Tricky.

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Welcome to GotWeeds? – the non-native invasive weed consultation, training, treatment, and information-exchange site.  GotWeeds? is committed to the use of non-synthetic weed control methods, which means that toxins are out but flame treatments and manual control methods are in.  Best of course to assess the site and discuss the long-term vision first, but GotWeeds? seeks to demonstrate that awareness, monitoring, and early detection are strong tools in the campaign to protect treasured landscapes.  Combine those tools with some gritty,  strenuous work up front, and you are well on your way to a healthy and resilient property.  I can help you attain that vision.

In creating this website, one of my goals was to offer landowners an information exchange, enabling them to cost-compare treatment options for non-native invasive weeds.  While all sites and infestations are unique, an information exchange can be useful in determining the most appropriate and effective approach. Should you choose to pursue non-synthetic treatments that will endure over the long term, please contact Mike Bald at  Thank you for choosing wisely and thinking beyond your own needs.

Speaking with a group during a post-Irene weed consultation, Royalton, May 2012

Speaking with a group during a post-Irene weed consultation,  Royalton, Vermont, May 2012

~Mike Bald, Founder of Got Weeds?

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