Monday, February 18, 2008

Fighting Non-Native Plants

The following is an excerpt from a story which we believe is worthy of reading, but would lose too much of its value if it were re-written for presentation on this blog. Please link through for the rest of the story, but hurry back! ... Editor

by John Hogan
spotted knapweed
invasive spotted knapweed
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" Take a walk through a neighborhood park or nature preserve, and you likely will see fast-food wrappers, maybe shreds of yellowed newspapers wedged beneath a tangle of branches.

Unattended shrubs and plants that sprouted on their own often create an impenetrable mat where lawn meets woods. It's a familiar sight in home landscapes as well.

The average homeowner probably can't identify these densely branched bushes, but appreciate the fact they thrive on neglect.

Cheryl Tolley's property in northeast Kent County has the same thing going on, but the native plant expert knows her plants... "

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