Have invasive plants? Here is what you should do.

June 10, 2020

Invasive plants are species of plants that grow quickly, and often aggressively. Their growth can negatively affect other plants, and cause them to be displaced and even die. Plants that grow in this way become known as pests - which is why they are called invasive plants. Most of the time, invasive plants aren’t native to the local area, and chances are if you’ve recently designed your landscaping you won’t have issues with invasive plants. 

However, when you move into a new house you might have to remove some invasive plants on your own. But how do you know you have invasive plants? Invasive plants are typically vines, but you can also tell if a plant is invasive if there are a lot of said plants in clusters...almost as if it’s creating one group of plants. Here are your tips to deal with invasive plants, from your Denver landscaping experts. 

While your first instinct is to pull them out by the roots, we recommend you start by cutting the plants down at shoulder height. This helps to make them more reasonable to deal with and will get you ready for the next step. After cutting the invasive plants at shoulder height (or in half for those that aren’t), you are going to spray the roots with herbicides. These herbicides can help to slowly kill the plants, but keep in mind it’s important to take things slow. If you don’t want to kill the vines with herbicides, try using a solution of vinegar and water. This natural solution is a less aggressive, non-toxic way to get rid of invasive plants. 

Once you have started treating the roots, you will need to treat for a few more weeks before you are able to remove them. While you can pull early, we recommend being slow and patient...so you can prevent them from returning and having to re-treat consistently. When removing the invasive plants from others, be careful and gentle - you don’t want to harm your main plants. If you need help in this process, please feel free to reach out! 

At Growing Green, we are here to help you care for and maintain a beautiful lawn/landscaping. We offer a number of services during the winter months, including snow removal and planning for next spring!  Contact us as soon as you can to make an appointment or to get a free quote! 

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