Pre-season readiness: picked up another hand scythe last week. While I'm a huge fan of good equipment maintenance, I like to have two of everything with my most vital tools. Check that tool handles are solid and tight, and make sure all your meds are up to date - this means the tick repellant and poison ivy soap and such are not past expiration dates. Stay on top of the little things.
I spoke in Michigan about the 5 known economic uses for Japanese knotweed. There are additional uses of this species that are still experimental in nature. I'll update if I get confirmed to present on this topic in August at the NOFA Mass Summer Conference... hope so!
I always wonder about managing invasive species with chemicals or toxins. We DO want things to grow in the space, no? We just want to have some say in WHICH species thrive on our land. So in transitioning the land away from non-native species and toward a diversity of natives, why would our first step be to add toxin? I've never understood that. Let's recognize the importance of healthy soil communities.
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The photo below is a good one for seeing what a large infestation looks like. Lots of yellow, even overwhelming the Christmas trees for the moment. And on both sides of the photo, individual plants stand out, particularly the flower … Continue reading
Most landscapes are impacted by a dozen or so invasive plant species. They all operate on their own calendar, and we scramble to keep up. A clean, complete extraction of the target plant generally eliminates re-sprout, but most important early … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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. … Continue reading