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Old 09-18-2009, 09:36 PM   #21
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One of them is the town's practice of planting Norway maples as a street tree (the hideous "Schwedleri" cultivar no less).
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I made a short in-person presentation to the township supervisors (at their public meeting) about their ailanthus problem, and they actually have begun a treatment procedure.
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:10 PM   #22
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Well, I got it all done today! I chopped down every buckthorn and honeysuckle and girdled every Norway maple in that alley - and also put a good dent in the Solanum dulcamara population. In a neat twist, I found some patches of Bidens. In a disturbing twist, I found a large patch of Japanese knotweed - still young, however, and right next to the foundations of the businesses on the other side of the alley, so I think they will end up taking care of them.

No one showed up to help, but some showed up to talk. The problem in my neighborhood is that most people are elderly, and the rest seemingly have children. So either the time or the ability is lacking. The couple who own the house with the buckthorn in the garden showed up, and we had a nice chat. They didn't know what it was and had just moved in about 2 years ago. They're in their 80s, so I offered to come by and chop it down for them, which they were happy to have me do.
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They're in their 80s, so I offered to come by and chop it down for them, which they were happy to have me do.
You're a good neighbor.
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:54 PM   #24
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I chopped down every buckthorn and honeysuckle and girdled every Norway maple in that alley

No one showed up to help, but some showed up to talk.

I offered to come by and chop it down for them, which they were happy to have me do.
Way to go! Sorry you didn't have any help cleaning up the neighborhood mess. I imagine the fact that some showed up to talk is a good thing. . .

I'm glad the neighbors were willing to part with the buckthorn.
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Well, I got it all done today! I chopped down every buckthorn and honeysuckle and girdled every Norway maple in that alley
They are not called invasives for nothing. You know they'll fight back next year!
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Maybe by then a couple of neighbors will be back to help out. If not, see if you can borrow or rent a goat for a week.
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Heh, heh... Well, at least it'll be easier to keep on top of them next year. I'm sure there are some little babies there now that I missed. With any luck, though, one immediate effect will be fewer babies in my garden next spring.

Now what I'm hoping is that this information will get some people thinking & eventually deciding to control the invasives on their own property. There are a few mature Norways right around my house, so that's what it's going to take.
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Well, I got it all done today! I chopped down every buckthorn and honeysuckle and girdled every Norway maple in that alley - and also put a good dent in the Solanum dulcamara population. In a neat twist, I found some patches of Bidens. In a disturbing twist, I found a large patch of Japanese knotweed - still young, however, and right next to the foundations of the businesses on the other side of the alley, so I think they will end up taking care of them.

No one showed up to help, but some showed up to talk. The problem in my neighborhood is that most people are elderly, and the rest seemingly have children. So either the time or the ability is lacking. The couple who own the house with the buckthorn in the garden showed up, and we had a nice chat. They didn't know what it was and had just moved in about 2 years ago. They're in their 80s, so I offered to come by and chop it down for them, which they were happy to have me do.
It's always good to hear of progress being made against invasive species.

It's unfortunate that you didn't get any help, but I have no doubt that you have raised the awareness about invasive species in your neighborhood. It's easy for me to imagine that some of your neighbors will see something in the news or in a newspaper in the future, and when they do they will be thinking "hey, that's what my neighbor was talking about ... He knows all about invasive species.". Just knowing that a neighbor cares about something raises the sensitivity to that something.

You've obviously done a good job of presenting your case if people are letting you come into their yards to remove some of their plants.
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