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Adding to the Most Hated Invasive plants list

posted Jul 14, 2010 21:34:31 by Carole
Invasive plants are costing us as taxpayers billions of dollars every year in eradication and control. Please check before planting any new plant that it is not on the invasive species list for your state.

I'm making a list of my "Most Hated" invasive plants which I regularly add to.

What's your most hated plant?
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Stacey said Jul 15, 2010 18:52:15
I've been glaring at bushels of Canada thistle in my yard. It's all through the lawn and makes an occasional appearance in the garden. Digging it up is going to be a massive chore because of the robust root system.

I'm going after the smaller plants with my trusty Grampa's Weeder, but if anyone has a tip on how to get the bigger plants out, I'd be most grateful. Worst case, I keep it from setting seed and spreading further.

My other hated plant is sorrel. Again, all over the poorly fed lawn and joyously spreading through the flower beds.

Don't get me started on buttercups. I have a big patch next to a ditch that's welcome to stay, but they're everywhere else, too.

We've just gotten warnings on our local news about giant hogweed, but I haven't spotted it yet. Cross your fingers for us.
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mikekorner said Jul 16, 2010 04:19:13
Creeping Jenny
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Carole said Jul 16, 2010 04:41:27
Stacey, Canada Thistle is a bear! Make sure you've got gloves on when trying to get rid of it. I speak from painful experience here. Your buttercups are probably Lesser Celandine, which is spreading rampantly across the continent.

Happily, I don't have any Sorrel to deal with. I've heard that it's a royal pain in the butt!

And Mike, I've heard some horror stories about Creeping Jenny, too. How are you getting rid of it?
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UrsulaV said Jul 16, 2010 22:05:19
Creeping bermudagrass is definitely on my list these days, as it invades the flowerbeds. (Partly my own fault--I should have put down a strip of something around the edge of the bed to keep it out, and now I'm paying the price.)

I haven't fought with it myself, but I'm increasingly disturbed by the Chinese lespedeza--never saw it before a few years ago, and now it's eaten the roadsides and the embankments all along my drive into town. I know there's some in the weedy field out front that I haven't had the nerve, knowledge, or bankroll to tackle yet, and it kinda scares me.
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mikekorner said Aug 02, 2010 04:42:26
@Carole - Creeping Jenny is a real mess. Nothing seems to work besides elbow grease (i.e. pulling it). That doesn't work too well.
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Carole said Aug 03, 2010 03:23:31
@Mike Blowtorch? LOL I totally feel your pain!
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GetInTheGarden said Aug 04, 2010 21:54:37
I'm repeating what I added to the other forum topic: Major gardener's regret over the super-invasive Chinese wisteria. In my defense it was mislabeled...to my shame I should have left it at the garden shop. UGH. Removal begins in the fall (and will likely continue for the next ten years.)
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Carole said Aug 16, 2010 18:30:51
Lisa you have my total emphathy in trying to keep this plant under control! It's a bear, I know. Let us know how it goes for you.
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