Our ecosystems are not frozen in time. Every passing year and each natural or unnatural impact changes the way the land and its tapestry of plants respond. Left unmanaged, plants grow and change by natural succession. Natural or unnatural impacts may include flood, drought or fire. All are powerful forces upon our fields and forests.
|Daughmer Prairie, just about to burn.
Sometimes these forces are unexpected and unwanted. Other times, they are a tool for land management. It is an accepted practise to use fire to maintain open places- like prairies. This is nothing new, the First Nations of North American used fire as a tool long before white men arrived on the scene.
|Cheryl Boyd Harner and John Boyd
As a Weedpicker, I am a bit of a plant manager too, albeit a more "hand's on" type. I have often been involved in managing habitats for invasive species. From chopping and popping Teasel at Daughmer Prairie to Garlic Mustard control at Magee Marsh, habitats often need a little help from their friends.
|Winter creeper, Euonymus fortunei
|Winter Creeper up a tree...
|Weedpicker to the rescue.
- Remember those chemicals used to treat unwanted plants are NOT inert. Milk is inert. When you buy a gallon of milk at the store you do not get a four page booklet warning you to wear gloves while "handling" milk. Carefully read the booklet that comes with those so-called inert herbicides, as your family's health might be at stake.
|Hosta- stressed and unnturally growing out of the ground.
|A chair-sized pile of removed Winter Creeper
The best news, my Hosta will be happy to have their competition removed, and the little Winter Creeper that may come up in the spring should be much easier to manage!
Hope you will join me in a little "Plant Management" this fall, or better yet, volunteer your time to a worthy group EVENT to remove invasive plants at the Travertine Fen State Nature Preserve.
To learn more about Winter Creeper- go here: Invasive plants