Is winter clearing of invasive woody species part of your stewardship plan?
Clearing invasive brush allows:
- More sunlight and water to reach the desirable native plants already present
- Dormant seed to awaken
- Diverse species of birds, mammals and insects to thrive
- High quality wildflowers to fill in and carpet the landscape
In winter, desirable native plants have gone dormant, allowing our crews to access and remove invasive woody shrubs and trees. When we perform brush clearing we target invasive trees and shrubs such as Box Elder, Silver Maple, Japanese Barberry, Common Buckthorn and Amur Honeysuckle. These trees and shrubs leaf out early and hold their leaves longer, preventing sun and water from reaching the native wildflowers and grasses. Once the stems have been cut back, it is necessary to treat the fresh stumps to prevent re-sprouting. Sometimes removal on nonnative trees such Ornamental Pear, Willow, and Black Locust is necessary. Follow up with a prescribed fire after clearing and see even better results.
With regular stewardship, your natural area or sustainable landscape can become a thriving, vibrant experience filled with plants, pollinators, and animals.