Now is the time to learn about invasive plants. February 27 through March 3, 2017 is National Invasive Species Week. The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group is a great resource for learning about the invasive plants you will most likely find in your landscape or see throughout Connecticut.
Three of Connecticut’s most prolific invasive plants – Japanese barberry, Oriental bittersweet, and multiflora rose – can sneak into any garden. Learning how to identify and manage them is very important for home gardeners. These three invasives spread through seed dispersal. Japanese barberry has already spread into large monocultures throughout wooded regions of the state. Oriental bittersweet vines overtake trees and any other structure it can reach. Multiflora rose grows into nasty thickets. Read more in Invasives can sneak into any garden.
Each summer we battle a rapidly spreading summer invasive, Japanese stilt grass. Our efforts keep Japanese stilt grass controlled and manageable on our acreage. If we did not take such steps, Japanese stilt grass would quickly overtake our gardens, our lawn, and our woodlands.
But these are not the only invasive flora in Connecticut. Learn about others by downloading Invasive Plants in Your Backyard. Invasive plants crowd out the native plants our wildlife use for food and cover. Native plants and native wildlife have evolved to count on each other. When invasive plants crowd out native plants, wildlife has fewer places to find the food they’ve evolved to eat.
Familiarize yourself with what they look like now so you can more easily identify them as they grow.