How to Eradicate Invasive Plants

How to Eradicate Invasive Plants

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by Teri Dunn Chace
     
 

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Unfortunately, invasive plants—like kudzu, ragweed, and Himalayan blackberry—won’t go away on their own. Luckily, How to Eradicate Invasive Plants offers a clear, practical solution to an increasingly common problem.

Invasive plants are a growing threat to our home landscapes, affecting native plants and wildlife. Clearly written and

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Unfortunately, invasive plants—like kudzu, ragweed, and Himalayan blackberry—won’t go away on their own. Luckily, How to Eradicate Invasive Plants offers a clear, practical solution to an increasingly common problem.

Invasive plants are a growing threat to our home landscapes, affecting native plants and wildlife. Clearly written and easy-to-use, How to Eradicate Invasive Plants shows you how to recognize the invasive plant; offers eradication options, from simple, organic approaches to the safest and most responsible ways to use chemicals; and enables you to identify 200 of the most common invasive plants.

This comprehensive guide includes all types of invasive plants, including water and bog plants; annuals, biennials, and tropical perennials; herbaceous perennials; grasses and bamboos; and vines, shrubs, and trees.

Editorial Reviews

Patio & Outdoor Living Better Homes & Gardens Deck
“This book will help you identify invasive plants of all kinds and get to know their swift and often subtle ways of seizing an opportunity to spread through a garden.”

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“This book will help you identify invasive plants of all kinds and get to know their swift and often subtle ways of seizing an opportunity to spread through a garden.”

Library Journal
Opportunistic and prolific, weeds can easily take over a garden or a lawn, leaving a frustrated gardener in their wake. Chace's (The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers) new work on eradicating the aggressors is a good resource for the battle-weary gardener. Her introduction explains the difference between a plant characterized as invasive and those simply termed weeds. Weeds may affect the aesthetics of a designed garden, but invasives choke out native plants and threaten biodiversity. The plants included in the book, over 200, are "a problem somewhere," but the degree of damage they cause can vary. Chapters one and two give a broad introduction to invasive plants and controlling them in general. The bulk of the book is then divided into seven sections according to plant type; trees, vines, etc. Each section is organized alphabetically by the plant's Latin name and includes color photos. The author offers non- and less-toxic plant controls and encourages gardeners to save chemical control as a last result. She also includes a list of problem regions for certain plants since not all plants are challenges in every state. A list of recommended reading is also included. VERDICT Overall, this is an easy-to-use and accessible resource that many gardeners will find useful.—Lisa Ennis, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604693065
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
735,796
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with more than thirty titles in publication, including Seeing Flowers (Timber Press, 2014),  How to Eradicate Invasive Plants (Timber Press, 2013) and The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers (Timber Press, 2012). She has also written and edited extensively for Horticulture, North American Gardener, Backyard Living, and Birds & Blooms. Raised in California and educated at Bard College in New York, Chace has gardened in a variety of climate zones and soil types, from inner city Portland, Oregon, to coastal Massachusetts. She now lives in a small upstate New York village with snowy winters and glorious summers. To learn more about her work, visit terichacewriter.com.


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