While we encourage our clients to become actively engaged in the management of their landscapes in the hopes that they will develop a relationship to the land and more specifically with their property, we do offer comprehensive management services including integrated pest management (IPM), compost tea applications, invasive plant management, and garden maintenance.
Our Work: Invasive Plant Management
Invasive plants are those which have typically been introduced from other parts of the world which, lacking any natural control, spread aggressively through our landscapes, out-compete native populations and ultimately reduce biodiversity. Understanding the direct correlation between biodiversity and ecosystem health, the establishment and subsequent proliferation of these invasive plants, pose serious threats to maintaining healthy ecosystem functions including provison of habitat, stormwater mitigation, and erosion control among others.
While some species are easily recognizable in their ability to form dense stands like multiflora rose and bamboo species, others continue to be promoted and distributed by landscape contractors and garden centers as desirable ornamental plants. Species, including Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii), Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus), Butterfly Bush, (Buddleia sp.), Doublefile Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum) and Japanese ornamental grasses (ie. Miscanthus sp.) among others, which are often marketed to possess coveted aesthetic attributes are also escaping from their intended planting areas to adjacent lands where they compromise native plant communities.
For more information regarding invasive species and their effects in the landscape, please visit the PA DCNR website.