February 27th through March 3rd is National Invasive Species Awareness Week.
Last weekend I walked the one mile trail at the Saugerties Lighthouse and was upset to see the masses of Oriental Bittersweet (vine), Phragmites (reed), Purple Loosestrife (plant) and Eurasian Water Chestnut (aquatic plant).
I feel overwhelmed by the insidious destruction of our natural environment and can only remain positive by saying to myself “Well I’m creating a healthy ecosystem in my garden and I’m choosing native plants now”.
Early identification and eradication of invasives is key, it’s easier to remove a seedling than a mature plant. Familiarize yourself with the appearance of the most common invasive plants, especially in the seedling stage, then you can remove them promptly.
For timely notification of new invasive species/occurrences in NY join the mailing list of Lower Hudson Prism There’s plenty of information online about how to ID and remove invasive plants or contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension with any questions.
Looking for professional help, contact Poison Ivy Patrol, they have a holistic approach and don’t use toxic chemicals.
Let’s share this information so individuals can take action on their own land.