What can you do about this problem?
  • Seek information on invasive plants from botanical gardens, horticulturists, conservationists, and government agencies.
  • Remove invasive plants from your property. If they can't be removed, inquire about ways to control them, (but remember! any proposed work within a wetland or within 100 feet of a wetland requires prior authorization from the local Conservation Commission).
  • Don't over-fertilize - this encourages weeds.
  • Don't plant potentially invasive species.
  • Support public policies and programs to control invasive plants.
  • Ask for native plant species when buying plants and learn the Latin names so you won't be fooled by an exotic imposter or hybrid.
  • Be sure your kayak, canoe, paddles, and fishing boat are clear of any vegetation that may have been picked up elsewhere
  • Seek native species which offer more to wildlife, the local ecology, and you! A great resource is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Guide - "Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants"

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1. What is considered a native or indigenous plant?
2. Why should I use native plants?
3. What is an invasive plant?
4. The Big Picture: Why is this important? How do invasive plants affect us?
5. What can you do about this problem?