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Three Different Invasive Plant Control Methods to Use

By: McCullough Tree Service| On: June 16, 2022

Managing your garden and lawn includes eradicating the invasive weeds that may plague and suffocate your grass and other plants. These and various other invasive plants may require specific methods to control and reduce their population.

As technology develops, so do the ways of getting rid of unwanted and invasive plant life. As the top tree service contractor in Apopka, McCullough Tree Service knows different invasive plant control methods that create a much better environment for the plants you want. Here, we will list three of them for you to try for yourself or with us.

1. Biological Control Methods

Many invasive species come from other areas or countries without exposure to their natural population controllers, like the insects that eat them. Because of this, they typically spread freely. Reintroducing these predators to the invasive plants will cut down on their populations.

Of the invasive plant control methods here, this one involves the most technical use with needs for specific information, so it is best for large-scale projects. If you notice your yard has an invasive species, you may want to contact the city or check city ordinances to see if other people also have this problem. This way, the city can manage the biological control agents for which you may not have experience.

2. Mechanical Control Methods

Mechanical control methods use equipment to remove and reduce the population of an invasive species. Mechanical control includes cutting or mowing the plants down before they are mature enough to disperse their seeds.

The downside to this method is the necessity for proper timing and that it will be much harder or impossible to do on complex or sensitive terrain. It is important to mow the plants before they disperse their seeds since they may grow with more vigor due to the reduced competition for growth space. Additionally, mowing is much harder on hilly or rocky ground or land near swamps.

3. Pulling and Digging

It is possible to pull or dig up the plants before they disperse their seeds. The hand-pulling of invasive weeds is usually effective in gardening, especially if you pull them up from their roots. The softer and looser the ground you are working with is, the easier it will be to pull or dig up the invasive weeds and plants.

However, not pulling up enough of the plants can lead to an increase of the undesired invaders due to less growing competition. This method is also the most labor-intensive and restricted for small projects. Still, pulling and digging may be one of the most effective methods if your invasive plant problem is only in a small front or back yard.

Learn More About Plant Control from Us

Other invasive plant control methods exist, but they may require more extensive work and, in some cases, licenses. Still, there are several ways to help your yard flourish.

For example, to learn how to remove Spanish moss from trees and other plant management tips for Apopka, FL, and surrounding areas, call McCullough Tree Service at (407) 734-5854 today!