Let me push the importance of bio-security as we busy ourselves on the land. Remember that if you see plants (invasive species) above ground, it is highly likely that there are also seeds in the soil. So be careful with boots, tools, and such – clean them off well, let it become part of your routine. I’m starting site work on some big public spaces in South Burlington, VT, and I bought rubber boots for use exclusively at those two sites. The work is hard enough with the plants they already have – no reason for me to bring in any more!
Visiting Ireland again in September for a big invasive species conference. Will absolutely re-visit the Irish Seed Savers not far from Shannon airport. A must for a visit if heading over. Cheers.
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There’still time, yes. And there’s never time in spring, so let’s get this done. Recalling that we DO want things to grow in most places, take some steps now to work for that transition…. moving away from invasive species and … Continue reading
Folks always ask me about wild chervil and garlic mustard, two seed-propagating plant species that tend to colonize woodlines, roadsides, and river corridors. What is the window for control / removal? I say get after wild chervil all the time, … Continue reading
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