How to Remove and Control Invasive Plants

It is astounding how quickly a perfectly manicured landscape can be overrun by nature.

This is especially true when invasive plants are involved, as they not only take over the landscape but tend to compete with native plants for space and nutrients.

In other words, invasive plants aren’t just an eyesore disrupting the landscaping you painstakingly designed and maintain; they’re a danger to the native plant life of an area.

So, how do you deal with invasive plants? That is the million-dollar question, and we’re about to answer it.

What are Invasive Plants?

There are numerous ways to define invasive plants.

In some contexts, an invasive plant could simply be a species that grows aggressively and takes over space at the expense of other plants. In other cases, an invasive plant could be defined as a plant that is not native to the area in which it is growing. Often, these two definitions overlap and coexist.

At the root of this issue, though, is a singular fact—invasive plants grow rapidly and overtake areas they should not.

Unfortunately, invasive plants are quite common, tend to be hardy, and terribly difficult to remove and control. In fact, you are probably familiar with several invasive plants without knowing it.

In Florida, for example, you may have seen Chinese Tallow or Old World Climbing Fern without realizing that they’re invasive. You may even have these and other invasive species growing on your property!

Removing Invasive Plants

You may have guessed by now that invasive plants are not easy to fight. They come in a variety of shapes and types, and all of them present challenges when attempts are made to remove them.

As such, the best practice is typically to employ the help of experienced landscape professionals who have the training and resources to properly deal with invasive species.

Take invasive vines, for example. Such species must be cut off around shoulder height before herbicides are used around their roots. While this sounds simple, it is anything but.

Invasive plants often intermingle and intertwine with native plants. This makes the process of removing them far more complex and time-consuming, as you do not want to harm or kill any of the non-invasive plants.

In fact, it can sometimes take years to ensure that the invasive plants are not only removed but also eradicated and not growing back. Because they are so resilient, most invasive species will return if not carefully kept in check for quite some time after their removal.

Worse still, the invasive plants may be eradicated from one area of your property only to explode in growth elsewhere. This is because they produce a multitude of seeds that are transported by the wind and animals, then sprout where they are dropped.

Eliminating Invasive Plants with Landcrafters

While many commercial properties stay free of invasive plants thanks to frequent and thorough maintenance, those that border unkempt properties can often see invasive species begin to sneak across the boundary if care is not taken. The same is true of residential properties.

That’s why it is important to work with a landscaping company that has the experience and know-how to properly identify any issues or potential weak points in your property’s defense against invasive plants. They can decisively execute a plan of attack against the invasive plants plaguing your landscape and develop a maintenance plan to ensure they don’t return.

Landcrafters have been saving Florida properties from such a fate for two decades. To discuss your concerns, simply call or contact us today. We’ll be happy to work with you to elevate your property to the level you desire, whether that involves battling invasive species or not.

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