The Invasive Plants Team
"....because it is we who decide what plants will grow in our gardens,
the responsibility for our nation's biodiversity lies largely with us."
Douglas Tallamy, author of
'Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants'
Our team is ready to help any citizen of Rockport identify and
eliminate invasive plants from their land. In 2017 we worked
with about 50 different families.
Our approach will depend on your situation and preferences.
Our primary focus has been to control Japanese Knotweed
(often called "bamboo"), Oriental bittersweet, Garlic mustard,
Bindweed, and Catchweed bedstraw. Lately we have found
many new infestations of Black swallow wort in town, a
particularly aggressive plant.
Sometimes smothering, digging, cutting and careful disposal
in the town's trash dumpsters is enough to control an
investation over time. Often we recommend stem painting,
stem filling or glove wiping with the wetland-approved
version of Roundup. While we would never recommend
using this product anywhere near food, we are following
the procedures crafted by Mass Audubon and New England
Wildflower society to control invasive plants.
When work is within the 100-foot wetland buffer zone,
we can often add you to an existing permit with the
Rockport Conservation Commission.
Give us a call so that we can help you to get started.
Co-Chairs: Nan Blue 978-546-9755
Laura Hallowell 978-546-2405
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