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