|An Ohio forest in full Fall display.|
|Fall is also a good time to identify invasive plants in your landscape.|
|Michael Woogerd attacks non-natives.|
|Winter Creeper, a menace in green.|
|Winter Creeper over-runs a natural area at Lakeside, Ohio.|
Given a little room and some time, Winter creeper will gobble up any and all ground vegetation. It has even strangled my Hosta specimens at home! Ohio's delicate ephemeral flowers of the forest, like Trilliums and Spring Beauties, don't stand a chance against this "creep"! Since this photo was taken, we have removed a portion of the Winter Creeper from this flagged transect. I plan to monitor which spring flowers will respond and reestablish themselves when given the opportunity.
Spring flowers will be a great reward for the little bit of work it took to remove a section of that nasty Winter Creeper!