There are a lot of different elements that go into creating and sustaining an ecosystem. One little change can have a huge impact on the entire ecosystem. That’s one of the many dangers that invasive plants pose. Invasive plants are defined as any non-native plant that grows somewhere you don’t want it to grow. Invasive plants can reproduce and spread very quickly. Not all non-native plants are bad, but most have the potential to sort of bully the natural plants and steal the nutrients needed for the native plants to thrive.
Invasive species cost the U.S economy big time and they can take over millions of acres of land. In fact, there are approximately 100 million acres struggling because of invasive species of plants draining the nutrients from the soil.
The key to handling invasive species in your backyard or garden is early detection. If something looks out of place or strange, if it just pops up one year, speak with a landscaper or do some research. If it is invasive, you’ll have to get it out of the ground before it can spread. There are some native plants that are naturally aggressive and will take over a garden if allowed to do so, but those plants won’t overrun an entire ecosystem.
Some invasive plants were probably brought here on accident, but others were introduced intentionally and meant to be exotic and decorative. You can find a list of invasive plants in Minnesota by visiting https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/index.html and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Land Concepts.