Trees and plants provide shade and beauty and help with water and soil retention. Some trees and shrubs, however, are invasive and can harm the local environment. The good news is the majority of these, confined to small regions, are of less concern and have a low potential to overtake our fields and forest on a continental scale. Here’s what tree removal services in Rome want you to know about how to control invasive plant species.

Invasive Plants

By definition, what qualifies a plant as an invasive plants is a plant that is an alien species that have a tendency to spread out of control. The label “invasive species” is usually reserved for the plants that have been introduced from other regions and spread like wildfire in their new habitats. Invasive plants have an impact on:

  • Water quality
  • Biodiversity
  • Fish habitat
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Tree cover
  • Fire risk

Increasing efforts to prevent and control invasive plant species is the most cost effective and ecologically successful approach to keeping invasive plant species at bay. Here are a few invasive types of plants that we’ve had experience in dealing with at Top Tree Service Company.

Invasive Woody Bushes

There are some properties that use woody shrubs like the invasive autumn olive to control erosion in disturbed areas. Unfortunately, invasive species often thrive in poor soil and spread quickly, ultimately displacing native plants. When you control the growth of invasive bushes by pulling them out of the ground with a weed wrench when the soil is saturated, you are able to control invasive plants easier. Invasive woody bushes can re-sprout if the entire root system is not removed. You can also use the cut-and-paint method to get rid of them. After you cut the plant down to two inches in height, coat the stump and its outer rings with herbicides.

Invasive Ground Covers

Be vigilant in keeping certain ground covers from growing in your yard. Hard work can prevent invasive ground covers from growing in your landscape. Don’t allow invasive perennial ground covers to grow near your lawn or flower beds. Invasive ground covers can survive in sun or shade, and the root systems of these invasive ground covers are extremely fast-growing and extensive. You can control these invasive ground covers by:

  • Repeated mowing
  • Weed whacking
  • Digging up roots

When you cut the plant down as close to the soil as possible, the roots are forced to use reserved energy to regrow. Eventually, if you remain vigilant, the invasive ground cover reserves will deplete, and with time the invasive plant species will eventually die.

Invasive Trees

The Tree-of-Heaven is an invasive tree found throughout America, where they are known to outgrow local species. It’s best to rid your property of invasive trees while they’re still young. Pull the seedlings up and use the cut-and-paint technique for saplings. Another useful control option of invasive tree species is to girdle your trees. By using an ax or chainsaw, carve away a ring of bark from the tree’s trunk. Over time, the tree above the girdle will die, and you can have a tree removal service in Rome, GA remove the dead tree.

You Can Control Invasive Plant Species

When you work with landscape and tree service professionals, one of the benefits of tree trimming services is that you are able to control invasive plant species easier. Give invasive tree species specialists at Top Tree Service Company a call at 470-217-7517 today, we’re here and ready to help.