Controlling invasive plants

Invasive shrub with red berries in Northampton, Massachusetts

Keeping our landscapes free of invasive plants will help the environment.

Invasive plant management and eradication are challenging, but invasive plants are a constant problem to our local environment and need to be controlled.

Invasive plants are plant species that were either introduced accidentally by humans or intentionally as ornamental landscape specimens. Because these plants have been brought out of their local habitat and did not evolve in our region, our ecosystem has no natural mechanisms to control these invasive pests, allowing them to easily spread about.

The biggest issue with invasive plants is that they are a leading cause of biodiversity and habitat loss. Invasive plants outcompete and entirely destroy the native plant communities endangered wildlife depend on for food and shelter. Invasive plants continue to affect our already fragile ecosystem by also degrading the soil, leading to lower carbon storage and water quality.

There are several methods to managing invasive plants around your property, including mechanical, biological, cultural, and chemical, but the best way to control invasive species is with prevention. Detecting and responding to invasive plants early on is much more effective than trying to eradicate an established infestation.

Pollinator friendly landscape in Northampton, Massachusetts

Replace invasive plants with native landscapes to help make an impact.

Here at Cedar Horticulture, we always consider how we can make the most impact against invasive plant species with the absolute least amount of collateral damage to the landscape. We do this through a combination of these control methods using integrated pest management practices.

Our clients receive ongoing invasive plant management as part of our garden and yard care programs. Together, we can create a plan to safely remove the invasive plants on your property and restore it to its natural beauty. If you are unsure if the plants on your property are invasive, feel free to contact us for a consultation and ongoing landscape care.