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Old 10-19-2010, 10:23 AM   #1
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Default It's a Scary Time to Be a Weed

It's a Scary Time to Be a Weed
September 29, 2010
By Anne Marie Chaker

Volunteers Wage War on 'Invasives': It's a Scary Time to Be a Weed - WSJ.com
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Volunteers are reclaiming public parks and carving out nature trails in spaces overrun by innocent-sounding plants like Tree of Heaven, multiflora rose and purple loosestrife. Gardeners call these "invasives," and the volunteer armies aim to clear them out. Most of the weeds are non-natives and may have entered the U.S. as a seed, tucked inadvertently into cargo, or as a pretty garden addition—and have since made a mess. "When I was a kid, you could see straight through any woods. Today, you can't. It's just blocked" with weeds, says Marc Imlay, a retired biologist who volunteers from five to 40 hours a week clearing invasives from parks in the Washington D.C. area.
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There are about 5,000 invasive plant species in the U.S. today smothering trees, trails and even waterways. Lacking the predators and pests of their native climates, these tough plants can run rampant in their adopted homes, often surviving and even thriving in poor soil and little water. As housing developments and other new infrastructure disturb landscapes and create clearings, the problem is getting worse, scientists say...
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