If an invasive plant species makes its way into your landscaping, you definitely want to remove it as soon as possible. Buckthorn is one invasive species that is problematic throughout Minnesota. The good news is that the seedlings can be pulled without the worry of re-sprouting. Unfortunately, this is just one of many invasive species that can be problematic.
As for why an invasive species is such an issue, it can actually crowd out and displace native plants and it is also a nuisance. In the case of Buckthorn, it creates dense thickets in yards, parks, forests, and along roadways. A plant that started out as a simple hedging material that was brought from the Europe to the United States in the 1800s escaped and became a problem. Now it has caused trees and shrubs in the mid-layer of the forest to become displaced, which has also affected the wildlife, such as birds that once nested in trees that are no longer there.
Invasive Species Problems
It is important to recognize the problems that invasive species, such as Buckthorn, cause. Those problems are:
- Competing against native plants and trees for nutrients, moisture, and light
- Degrading the wildlife habitat
- Speeding up of erosion by shading the plants that grow on the forest floor
- Can be hosts to other pests that wouldn’t be present in the area otherwise
- There may be no insects or diseases that can control and curb the growth of the species
If the plant has berries like Buckthorn, the berries can stain sidewalks and driveways. The vegetation can also be so thick it is impenetrable.
Controlling Invasive Plant Species
Amazingly, there are approximately 38 common invasive plant species in Minnesota. Some of them include Amur silver grass, Canada thistle, butter and eggs, common tansy, birdsfoot trefoil, garlic mustard, oxeye daisy, Russian olive, smooth brome grass, and wild parsnip. Any of these in the vicinity of your trees, shrubs, and ornamental plants needs to be removed immediately. That way you do not have to worry about your plants competing with these invasive plants for nutrients and moisture. Unfortunately, the invasive species usually wins.
So a battle between plant species does not have to ensue, our Minneapolis tree service can implement the most environmental friendly method for the species you have been invaded with. It is easy to know that you have been invaded because you will see plants growing that you never planted.
You can also control them by ensuring you do not track seeds to your property if you have been in the woods or another area where invasive species are present. Brushing off the bottom of your shoes after hiking is one way to prevent the spread. You also want to make sure you use local firewood. The seeds can spread this way too. Not using local firewood is also a way in which invasive species of insects are transported to healthy trees and foliage.
Contact An Experienced Tree Service
You’ve worked hard on your landscaping, so the last thing you want is for an invasive plant species or insects to invade it. If you are seeing the first signs of an invasive species, it is important to have it removed properly as soon as possible. To take the first step toward doing so, call us for a free quote at 1-800-311-3919