Invasive Species Control and Management
Invasive non-native plants are a serious threat to native species, communities, and ecosystems in many areas in the Midwest. They can compete with and displace native plants and animals, alter ecosystems functions, structures, and cycles, and promote other invaders. The good news is that many plant invasions can be halted. Even badly infested areas can be restored to healthy systems dominated by native species. This requires taking action to regulate and manage the invasive plants.
Whether it is buckthorn, reed canary grass, or thistle, Tallgrass provides a complete restoration and maintenance plan to reduce the population of invasive plants. Using a wide array of tools and specialized machinery, we have successfully removed invasive species from numerous sensitive areas. In addition to prescribed fire, Tallgrass uses ecological mowing, custom herbicide applications, chainsaws, and heavy machinery to tackle the job. Once the initial weed removal has been completed, ongoing stewardship visits from field ecologists ensure the establishment of the native plants.
Reclaim Your Land's Natural Beauty...
Keep Buckthorn From Driving Out Diversity
Buckthorn is one of the most invasive non-native plants in our local prairies, woodlands, and yards. It grows quickly, spreads profusely, easily re-sprouts, and keeps re-invading. Although buckthorn may provide good screening in garden settings, it shades and crowds out native plants, creating a dense, dull monoculture with barren, erosive soil beneath.
To reclaim your land from buckthorn’s grip, we apply a multi-pronged, long-term approach: shrub and tree removal, repeated and targeted herbicide applications, native plant installation, and continued monitoring. Removing a dense stand may leave your land looking bare until the native plants fill in, but the benefits of restoration are well worth the wait.