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Old 06-14-2010, 02:10 PM   #1
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My least favorite non-native invasive species: the dirty half-dozen
By: Rick Meader
Posted: May 24, 2010 at 10:00 AM [May 24, 2010]

My least favorite non-native invasive species: the dirty half-dozen - AnnArbor.com
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It’s one of those sad conundrums in the natural world. If you’re going to talk about natives, at some point you almost have to talk about non-native invasive species. In my innocent youth, I wanted nothing more than to get enough money to buy a big hunk of land and just leave it alone, and let nature to proceed along in its own happy way.

Well, due to the spread of invasive species, if you leave a big hunk of land alone today, there’s a good chance that it will become infested with invasive species at some point, and active management may be necessary to keep it in its previously natural state.

So, today I want to share with you my personal “dirty half-dozen,” the six invasive species I hate the most, based on my experiences in ecological restoration and walking in nature...
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Old 06-14-2010, 02:44 PM   #2
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Only two of the plants on Meader's list appear in my Alabama yard and they are not the worst of the invasive plants here: periwinkle and autumn olive.

The really bad invasive plants are the climbers: Asian wisteria, English ivy, trumpet creeper, smilax, sweet autumn clematis, wild grape, and poison ivy. There are also some creepers -- like creeping charlie or ground ivy.
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Wow, a most horrible list without Multiflora Rose? We do not have mile a minute - yet, but from what I hear it is a real nightmare of a plant. For now, top villain on my property is M R.
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My least favorites that seem to be sooo common here in south NJ are: English ivy, Japanese wisteria and periwinkle. Ugh, ugh and ugh. I keep finding little tiny periwinkles growing in my yard! Argghhhh!
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Ailanthus altissima- Tree of Heaven from hell.
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Oh. I forgot that one. Its popping up everywhere and blooming now.
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File:Albizia julibrissin4.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Albizia julibrissin is blooming now. Another legume -- like kudzu-- but this one is a tree not a vine.
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P H R A G M I T E S is my least favorite. It will be the death of me......
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P H R A G M I T E S is my least favorite. It will be the death of me......
No, Lib, you will be the death of it!
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Old 06-14-2010, 09:39 PM   #10
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I'm losing ground. Too much rain even with my handy dandy new toy. Man oh man does that thing set me off balance. I'm going down left and right getting sucked right in. It's not like quick sand or anything but it's almost just as bad. I lost a whole boot out there. I felt around for it and still couldn't find it. I may have to try for this in winter when the ground is frozen if the rain doesn't let up.
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