|Scotch Broom||Garlic Mustard||Daphne / Spurge-Laurel|
|English Ivy||Japanese Knotweed||Carpet Burweed|
|Giant Hogweed||Yellow Flag Iris|
It’s important to plan ahead and dispose of invasive plants and seeds hidden in leftover hanging baskets, planters, and yard debris. By using proper removal methods, home gardeners can anticipate a healthy, invasive-free garden in the spring while protecting nearby ecosystems.
Ways to Prevent Invasive Plant Spread:
- Scout property regularly for invasive plants, and remove them before they become widespread.
- After proper disposal, replace them with a more desirable species; disturbed soil creates prime conditions for the invader to return.
- Take care not to ‘recycle’ garden debris into a park or natural area. This introduces plants that aggressively smother the vegetation that wildlife depend upon for survival, and otherwise harms the aesthetics of shared parks and green spaces.
- Rinse grass cuttings from the lawnmower before taking it to another location, such as a summer cottage, to prevent spreading seeds.
When removing invasive plants, keep in mind how easily they can spread to new areas through cuttings and seeds, and plan their disposal carefully. Become aware of local program and options for disposal by contacting the CSWM service.
Other information sources are located at:
Page resource sources: City of Coquitlam; Capital Regional District; City of Nanaimo; and Cariboo Regional District; Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS); Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver (ISCMV). For more information, visit: Invasive Species Council of BC