Benefits of Invasive Clearing

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From weeds to a beautiful glade filled with golden alexanders and wild hyacinth.

Fall and winter are the perfect time to attack invasive woody species by brush clearing. Once desirable native woodland plants have gone dormant, it’s time to go in and remove woody shrubs and trees.

When we perform brush clearing we target invasive shrubs such as barberry, buckthorn and honeysuckle. These shrubs leaf out early and hold their leaves longer, preventing sun and water from reaching the forest loam. Once the stems have been cut back, it is necessary to treat the fresh stumps to prevent resprouting. Sometimes removal on nonnative trees such ornamental pear, is necessary. A prescribed fire can reduce or eliminate regrowth. Read More…

Weed Control for Fall

buckthorn removalWeed species are sturdy, pernicious, and can move quickly. This autumn let us help you get on top of the weed war with fall invasive species control. For some species, autumn is a good time to get in and clean out.

It’s not too late to win against common reeds (Phragmites australis) and cattails (Typha sp.), but herbicide treatments must be applied while plants are still green. Fall applications can be particularly effective as plants draw their last nutrients into the roots. Ask us about prescribed fire as the second step to eliminate these invasive bullies. Open up your wetlands, rain gardens, bioswales, and drainage systems to a new level of native diversity. Read More…