Invasive species management can include a plan to construct, restore, monitor, and maintain a mitigation area. The first step in invasive vegetation management is understanding what invasive species are present, where the infestations are located, and how large of an area the infestations span. With this information, a management plan can be derived to efficiently and effectively control invasive vegetation
What are invasive species:
• Invasive species are those non-native plants, animals, and diseases that can cause harm to the economy, environment, and human health.
• Invasive plants reproduce and grow quickly, easily invading your lawn and wooded areas. These invasive plants will take over and destroy desirable plants, trees and foliage.
Invasive species pose a threat to your yard and Wisconsin’s landscapes, which effect vegetation, wild life and water.
Examples of Invasive Species:
Buckthorn: Buckthorn is an invasive species which spreads rapidly. It is difficult to remove due to the root system which, if not completely entirely removed, will shoot up numerous new sprouts even if the original plant is extracted. There is effective treatment available during cool weather season.
Garlic Mustard: Also an invasive species which spreads rapidly. It is difficult to remove due to the seed heads which can survive and germinate in soil for up to seven years! It is actually edible and many people think it is quite delicious. The best way to remove it is too pick it prior to the white flower bloom. If the flower has bloomed, unfortunately for the environment, the only way to truly dispose of it is to plastic bag it. DO NOT COMPOST OR BURN – this will only continue the spread of the seeds. It is a dangerous plant because it can quickly take over large surfaces and choke out all other small or native growing things.