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?your area's worst invasive plant?
« on: June 03, 2018, 08:25:18 AM »
While reading the post about the Devil's Walking Stick tree and the similar species from Asia, I began to wonder what the worst invasive plants folks deal with in their locations.

We have several that cause significant problems.  Cogan Grass, which is often spread by the county's mowing crews is spreading like an invading army around here.

Brazilian Pepper, just a little south of me has displaced a lot of native vegetation.  It does evidently make good tasting honey though.

Tropical Soda Apple has become problematic in pastures over the past several years.

In the lakes we have hydrilla and water hyacinths.  These two do provide good bass habitat.
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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2018, 09:23:11 AM »
Around here it's the City Transplant that causes the biggest problems.  
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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2018, 09:24:33 AM »
Privet Hedge.

Kudzu in some areas.

Chinese Tallow aka Popcorn tree.

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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2018, 09:30:14 AM »
Honeysuckle, buckthorn, multiflora rose, & box acer negundo.   Sometimes the order is different.

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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2018, 09:45:08 AM »
Multiflora rose (thank you DuPont family), Albizia julibrissin or Mimosa tree, and poison Hemlock. 
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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2018, 09:58:21 AM »
Kudzu is the worst for us, but privet is bad to deal with as well. Japanese stiltgrass is rough on new seedlings, but once they get over the top after the first year they seem fine. We're getting oriental bittersweet moving in from our west as well as Chinese silvergrass. That silvergrass burns like gasoline and thrives with fire... and we got paulownia and tree of heaven and Johnson grass in fields , wisteria, .. definitely no shortage of invasive plants...

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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2018, 11:24:23 AM »
Leafy spurge, erc, muskthistle, and water hemp on the farming/ranching side of life.  A lot more but most generally easier to contain. 

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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2018, 11:39:35 AM »
This is interesting.  Ive never heard of box elder being invasive.
Here it is bush honeysuckle and Bradford pear, otherwise known as Callery pear.
Is it truly invasive if its expanding its territory due to climate change?  I would say not.
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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2018, 11:47:49 AM »
Honeysuckle, barberry, Mile A Minute and stiltgrass in central PA.  If you are in northern PA over 40% of all the forest is haycented fern
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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2018, 11:55:20 AM »
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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2018, 12:01:09 PM »
Marijuana, government making it legal in the entire county this month . 
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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2018, 01:39:52 PM »
I didnt know privet was invasive anywhere.
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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2018, 05:31:03 PM »
Numerous vines, and I don't know what many of them are. I've noticed a steady increase over the last 20 years or so. I read not long ago that increased CO2 in the atmosphere has increased the poison ivy population. I've noticed that, and I suspect the other vines are doing better also. There's one particular vine that's insidious. I have a hard time seeing it until it's taken over half a bush or tree. I don't use chemicals on my property, so they're all cut with a knife or machete. I don't go for perfection; just try to keep it manageable.

They make work harder also. Awhile ago I set a couple control points for a job. I took prospective leaf cover into account when setting them up. I go back to do some work, and a rats nest of vines I neglected to notice, blocked visibility, and were too high and tangled in the trees to remove. I had to go play in traffic to get the job done  :bangshead:

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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2018, 06:22:21 PM »
In open ground around here it's palmer pig weed and sickle pod that is coming on strong - both nasty weeds, and being nicely assisted by just about every combine in the south.  Now there is a new reason to call Gleaners the "silver seeder".  
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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2018, 07:15:16 PM »
Autumn olive, Ailanthus, stiltgrass, multiflora rose (what is the DuPont connection Roxie?), barberry, some kudzu

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« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2018, 07:19:44 PM »
Privet.  Privet.  Privet.  Marestail, pokeweed, tree of heaven, northerners (the wrong kind), multiflora rose

And privet.

A lot of people around here have trouble with johnsongrass, but I think it's because they don't control it.
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« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2018, 07:23:05 PM »
Almost forget a real nuisance - NUTSEDGE.


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« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2018, 08:57:46 PM »
Knotweed

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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2018, 02:22:13 PM »
Japanese barberry smiley_thumbsdown

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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2018, 04:18:29 PM »
Not in my specific location, but NZ has a big problem with invasive Pine trees of all things. To the extent that Lodgepole pine is now banned. Large areas of the South Island high country (open tussock land) is being taken over by pine trees, and it's costing millions to try and control them. 

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