Why clear invasive or aggressive brush?
The answer is one word: Sunlight! Brush and invasive species block the light from getting to the ground where the flowers live. Hardwood tree seedlings like Oak, Walnut and Hickory die in the dense shade. Wildflowers may survive but cannot flower if the shade is dense. Every native tree, shrub, grass, sedge and flower benefit from the increased sunlight.
Sunlight powers the plants. The plants flower and feed the pollinators such as butterflies and bumble bees. The plants also feed the insects that the songbirds feed to their young. More sunlight means more birds!
What Should I Remove?
There are many invasive species like Buckthorn, Honeysuckle, Multiflora Rose, Autumn Olive and Callery Pear can spread aggressively and take over an area, but there are also native, but aggressive species that should also be cleared. These include:
Remove These Non-Native Invasive Species:
- Buckthorn – Rhamnus cathartica
- Glossy Buckthorn – Frangula alnus
- Honeysuckle – Lonicera species
- Multiflora Rose – Rosa multiflora
- Autumn Olive – Elaeagnus umbellata
- Callery Pear – Pyrus calleryana
- Oriental Bittersweet – Celastsrus orbiculatus
- Tree of Heaven – Ailanthus altissima
- Burning Bush – Euonymus alata
- Japanese knotweed – Fallopia japonica
- Border Privet – Ligustrum obtusifolium
- Japanese Barberry – Berberis thunbergii
- Norway Maple – Acer platanoides
- Wintercreeper – Euonymus fortunei
- White Poplar – Populus alba
- And many more!
We Also Remove These Aggressive Native Species:
- Silver Maple – Acer saccharinum
- Sassafras – Sassafras albidum
- Sugar Maple – Acer saccharum
- Cottonwood – Populus deltoides
- Grey Dogwood – Cornus racemosa
- Brambles – Rubus species
- Poison Ivy – Toxicodendron radicans
- Sandbar Willow – Salix interior
- Dewberry – Rubus flagellaris
- And many more!
What’s the best time to remove brush?
Fall and winter is the best time to remove the brush. That is the time when other plants are dormant, and we disturb the soil the least.
Can you really identify the plants without leaves?
Absolutely! All we do is ecosystem work, so we are experts at identifying plants and separating the good from the bad.
What happens after removing the brush?
Just like you maintain your lawn and landscape, you need to maintain natural spaces. We call it “stewardship”. Stewardship is a regular program to manage the land to benefit the native species.
Ok, I’m interested…how do I get started?
Simple. Just fill out the form below and we’ll contact you with next steps.