Invasive Plant Management
Stopping Weeds from Spoiling the Wild
Would you ever ignore maintenance on your car or truck until it fails to function properly? Why should the natural areas on your land be any different?
Invasive plants not only threaten the beauty and wildlife habitat offered by local natural areas, they impact the local economies and reduce or eliminate opportunities for landowners to benefit from the natural areas they own. Like most problems, invasive plants are easiest to deal with before they become obvious. Waiting to deal with invasive plants until they have clear negative impacts on your land is like waiting to change your oil until your engine breaks down.
Don’t Believe Us, Go Look!
On of the best parts about Nature is that it is real. Anyone can go out and look at it, so nobody needs to take ours or anyone else’s word for anything. The things that are happening in the wild can be observed by anyone who is willing to slow down, and take the time to pay a little extra attention. If you want to make smart decisions about invasive plants on your land,
Many invasive plants have negative, long-term affects on the regeneration of forests in Wisconsin. Costs for control can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars per acre depending on the level of infestation.¹ If valuable tree species fail to regenerate following timber harvests, the negative impacts on businesses, landowners, and others who use wood almost go without saying.
Recreational activities like hiking, hunting, and bird watching can all be negatively impact by the various invasive species that can be found growing throughout our area. Anyone who has knowingly spent any amount of time in a woods infested with buckthorn, barberry, or honeysuckle knows exactly what we’re talking about!
health and safety
Some invasive weeds may even pose a threat to the health and safety of you or your family. The fluids of wild parsnip on human skin causes painful scarring blisters after exposure to sunlight. Areas with Japanese barberry have been found to harbor more ticks infected with Lyme’s disease² , not that walking through a woods infested with barberry is entirely safe otherwise.
Invasive plant species are able to grow and reproduce at a rapid rate, allowing them to crowd out native trees, shrubs, and flowers. When native plants are eliminated from an area, so are the wildlife who rely on them. Many invasives even produce their own “herbicides” that can make it difficult to reestablish desirable plant species, even after invasives are removed.
Do you have invasive plants on your land?
A small patch can grow into a major problem in a few years or less. Even if you are already past this point and your situation seems hopeless, you risk nothing by reaching out to us!
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