Ways to Combat Phragmites and Other Invasive Plants

  1. Learn how to identify invasive Phragmites and how to avoid accidentally spreading it through its root fragments and seeds.
  2. Do not plant invasive Phragmites.  Native Phragmites have a similar appearance but do not pose an ecological risk.
  3. Ask for only non-invasive species when you acquire plants
  4. Request that nurseries and garden centres sell only non-invasive plants.
  5. Seek information on invasive plants.  Sources include botanical gardens, horticulturists, conservationists, and government agencies.
  6. Scout your property for invasive species, and remove invasives before they become a problem.
  7. DO NOT COMPOST invasive Phragmites.  Both seeds and rhizomes (horizontal plant stems growing underground) can survive and grow in compost.
  8. If plants can’t be removed, at least prevent them from going to seed.
  9. Stay on designated trails.
  10. Clean your boots before and after visiting a natural area.
  11. Don’t release aquarium plants into the wild.
  12. Do not buy, sell or plant Phragmites.
  13. Volunteer at local parks and natural areas to assist ongoing efforts to diminish the threat of invasive plants.
  14. Help educate your community through personal contacts and in such settings as garden clubs and civic groups.
  15. Support public policies and programs to control invasive plants.
  16. Write to your local, provincial and federal politicians urging them to take aggressive action about the existing Phragmites crisis.
  17. Write to your local, provincial and federal politicians about the urgent need to approve herbicides for use over water.

 

Sources:

Ontario Invasive Plant Council:  Clean Equipment Protocol for Industry
Nature Conservancy
Invasive Phragmites – Best Management Practices

Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program

Invasive Phragmites