Using Tools to Remove Invasive Plants
Our preference at Indiana Brush is to mechanically remove invasive plant species rather than add more herbicides and pesticides to Bloomington’s environment.
Some of the tools we use are:
- Hand saws
- Chain saws
- Wood chippers
Using tools rather than herbicides and pesticides requires additional care and monitoring over time.
However, your risk of health complications is significantly reduced while improving your property.
Methods of Mechanical Plant Removal
Here are 5 methods of physically and mechanically removing invasive plant species in Bloomington yards:
- Repeat mowing – Evidence shows that this is the best way to “wear out” poison ivy. Just keep mowing it and it will lose momentum.
- Pulling – Simple and straightforward. Pulling an invasive plant up by the roots makes it much harder for it to reestablish itself.
- Smothering – This method can be accomplished with cardboard, newspaper, or wood chips. No access to sunlight and air means a decreased ability to photosynthesize.
- Cutting – Great for removing invasive brush and tree species. Cutting down a Callery pear tree is an excellent way to improve your yard and safeguard your neighbor’s property.
- Livestock grazing – Do you have goats or cows? They can be very helpful at reducing invasive plants.
Mechanical plant removal is recommended for small spaces like urban yards.
Chemical Plant Control Should Be Your Very Last Resort
You may not experience the effects of pesticides and herbicides for many years after exposure.
However, that doesn’t mean they are safe.
Skin irritation is your first indication that a chemical isn’t good for humans. Burning, itching eyes are another sign.
In general, we believe that any chemical that requires gloves, goggles, and a mask is unsafe for domestic human use. It’s not safe for your pets either!
What does this mean for your yard?
It means it may take longer to remove the invasive plants from your yard.
Mechanical methods may take months to a few years of repeated treatment to keep the invasives at bay.
We also suggest replacing invasive species with Indiana native plants. This discourages new invasive growth and improves the overall ecosystem.
Making a Maintenance Plan
Getting comfortable with ongoing maintenance is a part of most homeowners’ realities.
Adding yard care to that maintenance plan can be as simple as discussing options with local professionals.
We’re Here to Help!
We would be happy to talk to you about invasive plant removal options.
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