Invasive plants Imperil Native Ecosystems

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Bamboo, One of the Most Difficult to Eradicate

 

The Southern Appalachian mountains are home to more plant species than any other region of the continental U.S.  They are also home to hundreds of naturalized invasive plants.  These invasive species cost taxpayers and property owners literally billions of dollars every year while destroying native habitats and diminishing property values.  Invasive plants are often categorized by the degree to which they threaten the region’s biodiversity.  While invasive vegetation like kudzu, Chinese privet and multi flora rose are well known, many such as Japanese Knotweed are not.  Each year we effectively treat and eradicate acres of destructive invasive plants for mountain residents.  We can help you restore your properties native habitats by taking control of rampant invasive vegetation.

Few Effective Protocols for Invasive Plants Removal

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Forestry Mulcher Reduces Bamboo at the Biltmore

Some invasive plants like Honeysuckle, English Ivy, Bamboo, Mimosa and even Bittersweet are sold locally and vigorously defended by commercial interests.  Although the problem is enormous in most of the South, there is little federal or state money available, and few effective protocols for removal that don’t involved large quantities of broad spectrum herbicides.  One such method is forestry mulching.  Although relatively new technology, Forestry mulching has quickly become an important tool in the fight to protect and restore our native ecosystems.

Removing Invasive Plants Through Forestry Mulching

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English ivy

Often land owners just need to get a leg-up on invasive plants in order to manage and ultimately eradicate them using conventional means such as mowing or targeted herbicide application.  Generally speaking, when the leafy parts of invasive vegetation, like most plants, are deprived of oxygen via mulching and mowing, the plant will die.  We have assisted landowners in removing hundreds of acres of invasive vegetation in recent years, restoring value and usability to pastures, woodlots and homesites, while reducing associated fuel loads and assisting in the restoration of native habitats.

How Should You Begin?

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Japanese Knotweed

The starting point is the identification of invasive vegetation and development of a cost effective strategy for removal.  Because invasive plants are often pioneer species occurring in recently disturbed areas, isolating may not be as difficult as you might think.  Let us put our experience to work on your property.  We offer free consultations in many parts of our service area and can help you identify and inventory invasive species on your land.  It is in all of our interests to remove and manage invasive plants in our delicate bio-region.

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Miscanthus grass