We all know that native plants are the best garden choice — for lots of
reasons, but especially for supporting pollinators such as bees and
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Native Plants used at Paradise Park, Keokee Chapel Road.
Design and build a rain garden
Sunny Rain Garden
More about rain gardens
Use native plants to protect your streamside property
Caring for Your Streamside Property
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Pictures of common invasive plants found along streambanks;
tips for planting streambanks;
native plants for streambank plantings.
ATTACK INVASIVE PLANTS
Invasive, non-native plants crowd out the native plants that indigenous creatures rely on for food, breeding and nesting, shelter, shade and more. Some invasives are quite beautiful – but they throw nature's balance out of kilter. Local streams have been particularly hard hit.The invaders, including Japanese Knotweed, multiflora rose, barberry and Purple Loosestrife, move quickly and can completely dominate a stream within just a few seasons.
Common Invasive Plants of Concern along Streams in Monroe County, PA
||link to more info
||Alternatives to plant*
||Vegetation** : click for larger picture
||Flower**: click for larger picture
||easily pulled by hand, cut
2nd year plants before flowering,
||wild ginger, lady fern,
evergreen wood fern, foam flower, creeping phlox, New York fern
||small plants pulled by hand (use
gloves). Larger bushes should be clipped to base, then base and
roots removed with pickax when soil is moist. Herbicides
glyphosate and triclopyr also effective.
||sweet pepperbush, spicebush,
northern bayberry, pasture rose, highbush blueberry, swamp rose
||identification important to
avoid removing natives. Pull (including roots) for small
infestations, herbicides for extensive infestations.
||plant native grasses
||difficult!!! Small infestations
pulled by hand, including roots & runners. Herbicides:
Glyphosate and triclopyr to cut stems or foliage.
||sweet pepperbush, Virginia
sweetspire, maleberry, silky dogwood, fragrant or shining sumac
||Young plants pulled by
hand. Mature plants controlled through frequent, repeated
cutting. Contact and systemic herbicides also effective.
Biological controls: rose-rosette disease spread by mites and wasps.
||common blackberry, flowering
raspberry, pasture rose, swamp rose
||Dig up entire plant, including
root system or it will re-sprout.
||native wetland plants (sedges,
grasses and rushes)
||Small infestations may be hand
pulled, before seed set. For extensive infestations in wetlands
us Rodeo. Biological control by beetles most effective for
||Joe Pye weed, cardinal flower,
New York ironweed, blazing star or gayfeather, obedient plant, blue
(syn. C. biebersteinii)
|hand pulled for small
infestations (crown & taproot). Herbicides for larger
infestations, but may need to be repeated. Be careful to clean
tools and shoes to avoid spreading.
||plant native vegetation
appropriate to site and conditions
* = Information from Swearingen, J., K. Reshetiloff, B. Slattery,
and S. Zwicker. 202. Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas.
National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington,
D.C. 82 pp.
** = Pictures taken by Jerilyn Jewett-Smith, with an Olympus Stylus 300 digital camera.
Other informational links for invasive identification, eradication
and alternative plantings. (Caution: these are pdf files and may take
some time to download.)
USDA Invasive Plants Field and Reference Guide
Citizen's Guide to the Control of Invasive Plants in Wetland and
PA Guide to Invasive Riparian Plants
BWA's Invasive Specieis Management Plan
Control of Japanese Knotweed