INVASIVE PLANT RESOURCES:
Removing invasive plants is equally as important as planting native ones. Invasives pop up endlessly in yards and can easily spread from one property to another, or worse, find their way into nearby natural areas — areas that no one is maintaining.
Take a look the some of the literature I’ve linked to. The materials present photographs of the Mid-Atlantic’s invasive plants for easy identification and advises on the best methods of removal. For instance, Japanese stiltgrass is an annual grass with a narrow window of opportunity for controlling because of it’s growth pattern and the timing of its seeding.
Many invasive plants are commonly sold in big box stores and in local garden centers. English ivy and Bradford Pear are two highly invasive plants that come to mind. Learn which plants are ecologically harmful before you make a purchase.
Blue Ridge PRISM, Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (Virginia):
Delaware Invasive Species Council:
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control:
Invasive.org, Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health:
Maryland Department of Natural Resources:
Maryland Invasive Species Council:
Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council:
New Jersey Invasive Strike Team:
National Invasive Species Council:
National Park Service/University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health:
National Park Service/US Fish and Wildlife Service:
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The Nature Conservancy:
Invasive Forest Plants of the Mid-Atlantic (for purchase only)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources:
The Pennsylvania Flora Project of Morris Arboretum:
Plant Conservation Alliance’s Alien Plant Working Group:
Least Wanted: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas
Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation:
Virginia Department of Forestry:
Non-Native Invasive Plant Species Control Treatments (Downloadable pdf)
Virginia Native Plant Society:
Native Alternatives to English Ivy (Downloadable pdf)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):
A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests (Downloadable pdf)
A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in Southern Forests (Downloadable pdf)