Disposal of Phragmites

  • Care needs to be taken during transportation and disposal of trimmings from mowing or cutting.
  • Stands can be established from the dispersal of seeds or stolon fragments from rhizomes.
  • Clippings should not be composted.
  • Cut plants should be bagged in thick plastic bags, and allowed to dry out or decay in the sun to kill all viable seeds and rhizomes.
  • Dried and dead Phragmites plants can be burned or the bags must be disposed of at an appropriate municipal staging and disposal location.
  • Contact local municipal staging and disposal location prior to disposal.
  • All clothing, boots, and equipment should be cleaned on-site to avoid transportation and dispersal of Phragmites.

Sources: 

Ontario Invasive Plant Council-Clean Equipment Protocol for Industry-Summary

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Invasive Phragmites – Best Management Practices 2011