Invasive plants are categorized as invasive, because they are not native to our region. Many times, settlers brought the plants from another continent and added them to gardens and landscapes. One of the reasons that invasive species are able to succeed is that they often leave their predators and competitors behind in their native ecosystems. Without these natural checks and balances, they are able to reproduce rapidly and out-compete native species.
Why should you care?
Invasive plants often destroy the native plants that native pollinators and other animals depend on for survival.
They also degrade wildlife habitat and water quality, reduce the quality of land, increase soil erosion, and reduce recreational opportunities.
How can you help?
- Plant native plants. Consider removing invasive plants you already have and replacing with native varieties. Research before buying plants.
- Prevent invasives from reproducing. Remove and dispose of seed heads before they mature.
The longer we wait, the more expensive it will be to control. We are all in this together!