Becoming Invasive Free
Julie Berbiglia visits Warner Parks in Nashville where invasive plants are being chopped down, wrenched up, and tugged out to become Invasive Free by 2027.
- Most Invasive Plants at Warner Parks: LONICERA japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) Note: According to Steve Manning, Pres IPC Inc, the biggest problem in Warner Parks is LONICERA maackii or Amur honeysuckle (Bush honeysuckle) Euonymus Chinese privet Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
- EUONYMUS alatus (burning bush) is recognized as an invasive species in 21 states.
- Tree of heaven wipes out native species with its dense thicket and toxins it excretes into the soil. It also emits a bad smell from its flowers, has no natural predators, and serves as a sanctuary for destructive invasive insects.
- Nashville Community Tool Share program offers a wide variety of tools for lending, including the weed wrench. nashville.gov/departments/water/community-beautification/reserve-tool
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