Garden Goodness

June 18, 2021

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Who doesn’t love to watch a garden bloom and enjoy spending time outdoors? Be it working on the garden or watching all of the birds and butterflies visit your backyard plants. I know I sure do! Planting beautiful flowers or trees can really elevate the curb appeal of your property. When it comes to putting in a garden you can play a part in stopping the spread of invasive plant species right in your own backyard.  Alternative plants can be planted that have similar growing conditions, site requirements and gardening effects of their sometimes-problematic invasive counterparts. There are some other simple things you can do, aside from planting non-invasive or native plants, to help prevent the spread of invasive species. Below is a list of simple things you do to help the spread of invasive plants.

Gardening Best Management Practices:

  • Learn to ID + manage invasive plants on your property
  • Dispose of yard waste through local municipality or in your backyard compost, not in nearby natural areas
  • Dispose invasive plants at municipal composting program locations, if that option is not available use black plastic bags. Seal the bags tightly and leave them in direct sunlight for 1-2 weeks to kill living plant materials
  • Do not remove vegetation from natural areas; maybe rare native plants or even an invasive plant
  • Dispose of annual water plants at end of growing season. Please do not dispose into local waterways
  • Purchase non-invasive or native plants from reputable suppliers

OntarioInvasivePlants.ca is a great resource and has a link to a booklet with full list of Non-Invasive Plants and alternative Non-Invasive, Native Plants for your garden: Ontario Invasive Plants – Southern Grow Me Instead Booklet

Native plants provide food and shelter to native insects and animals, including songbirds and butterflies. Here is a list of nurseries specializing in native plants: www.nanps.org

When in doubt about whether a plant is invasive or how it should be controlled, contact “Invading Species Hotline” @ 1-800-563-7711 or www.invadingspecies.com or www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca

 

Examples of Invasive plants and their Native plant alternatives:

 

Yellow Iris  (Invasive)                                    Northern Blueflag Iris (Native)

Yellow Iris Flowers                               Northern Blueflag Iris Flowers

 

Daylily (Invasive)                  Pale Purple Cornflower (Native)         Black Eyed Susan (Nat                  Daylily Flower     Pale Purple Cornflower Black Eyed Susan Flowers

 

Norway Maple (Invasive                 Norway Maple vs. Sugar Maple           Sugar Maple (Native)

Norway Maple Leaf Comparison of Norway Maple and Sugar Maple Sugar Maple

European Fly Honeysuckle (Invasive)                                           Nannyberry (Native)

European Fly Honeysuckle                     Nannyberry

 

Multiflora Rose (Invasive)                                                        Wild Rose (Native)

Multiflora Rose             Wild Rose

 

European Frogbit (Invasive)                                        Fragrant Water Lily (Native)

European Frogbit               Fragrant Water Lily

  • Written by Annalise from The Brad Sinclair Team

Acknowledgments:

Ontario Invasive Plant Council • The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources • Toronto and Region Conservation Authority • Landscape Ontario • The Australian Grow Me Instead program of the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia • The Garden Wise booklet, produced by the Washington Invasive Species Coalition • The Garden Smart Oregon • Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program