Restoration Starts At Home
Why remove invasive plants?
Invasive plants by nature will take over a landscape and smother native and non-invasive ornamental plants. Ivy will quickly grow up the trunk of a tree, smothering the tree's branches, and eventually killing the tree. Even when kept only around the base of the tree, ivy still robs the tree of nutrients and can cause rot in the trunck which can lead to tree falling over. Other invasive plants can cause similar problems.
Invasive plants on resdential property don't just degrade the landscape around homes; these plants also provide the seed source for the ivy, blackberries, holly, laurel, and more that invade public spaces such as parks. Thousands of volunteer hours have gone into removing invasive speices from parks. This is an incredible effort, but one that cannot let up while birds, squirrels, wind, water, and more continue to carry seeds from private property into restored areas.
Tree Ambassadors help restore neighborhood green spaces.
What can you do?
- Identify and remove invasive plants from your yard.
- Replant with appropriate species. Native species are great, but ornamental species are also appropriate as long as they are not invasive. If you have space for a tree, you can get a free tree plus planting and care support through the Trees for Neighborhoods program.
- Become a Tree Ambassador and work to remove invasive plants from public landscapes in your neighborhood.