How to Eradicate Invasive Plants

How to Eradicate Invasive Plants

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Invasive plants are a growing threat to home landscapes, affecting native plants, wildlife, and humans. This clear, easy-to-use book shows you how to recognize the "enemy"; offers eradication options, from simple, organic approaches to the safest and most responsible ways to use chemicals; and enables you to identify 200 of the most common invasives.--COVER.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781604695328
9781604693065
Branch Call Number: 581.6 Du
Characteristics: 1 online resource (336 pages) : color illustrations
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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Aug 26, 2014

“How to Eradicate Invasive Plants” by Teri Dunn Chace: 2013. Portland Oregon and London England.

The author starts the narrative by defining invasive plants by using the example of ‘kudzu’ - a sweetly scented vine with purple flowers introduced from Japan at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876. I’m sure we all know what happened then. Unchecked by any natural impediments it became ‘the vine that ate the South of the U.S.A. Thanks goodness it will not grow in our climate. However we have our own thugs. Bishop’s weed, chick weed, ground ivy, to name but a few. After defining invasive plants the remainder of the book is set out in chapters of types like ‘vines’ ‘grasses and bamboos’ ‘shrubs' etc. With each entry, for example, lily of the valley, there is a definition of the problem and then the recommended organic and chemical control. Often the organic control is hand weeding and the chemical control is glyphosate, but there are other unusual & useful solutions too.

This is a very useful book, even if it is only because you can discover that there are other gardeners out there, sharing your pain.

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