I recently started volunteering at a local conservancy. I’ve been asked to remove invasive species, in areas where there will be planting of native species later this week.
I was thinking of this thread while working this morning. A lot of what I’m removing lately is Reynoutria japonica that grows thickly on the banks of a shallow stream. It is evidently one of the species responsible for preventing degradation of the bank, along with the native trees and a very small handful of smaller native plants.
I’ve chosen to leave the roots of the larger plants in the ground for now, while being sure to cut off all the leaves. Not that R. japonica has a particularly extensive root system to begin with.
Here’s photos of a spot I did this morning.
I know it can regrow later, but I’ll be continuing to monitor and manage the area while the new natives settle in.
Was that the right thing to do? Or is there a better option? How much of a difference does it make that the removed plants are going to be replaced soon after?
In the area there’s also some multiflora rose, which I’m going to get next; and Ampelopsis glandulosa, etc.
Any tips for a beginner appreciated.