Is your landscape being invaded by overly aggressive plants? Examine the problems caused by non-native invasive plants and discover management strategies for controlling them. Learn how to identify common alien invaders and how to distinguish them from similar looking native species. Help stem the tide and give natives more room to grow.
Saturday October 24th and Sunday October 25th, 2020
10 am – 1:00 pm
9:45 – 10:00 am: Registration
10:00 – 10:40 am: Lecture: The Invasive Species Challenge
• Definition of an invasive plant
• Identifying characteristics
10:40 – 11:00 am: Lecture: How Invasive Plants Change Ecosystems
• Soils, waters, and plant communities
• Discussion: Human-altered ecosystems
11:00-11:10 am: Break
11:10 – 12:00 pm: Classroom: Identify the top 20 worst local invasive species
12:00-12:10 pm: Break
12:10 – 1:00 pm: Lecture: Managing the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
• Early detection, response, and restoration
9:45 – 10:00 am: Sign-in
10:00 – 11:00 am: Lecture: Control Measures
• Review in class
• Manual and Mechanical
? Pulling, cutting, uprooting, mulching, flame weeding
? Selective and non-selective herbicides
11:00-11:10 am Break
11:10 am-12:00 pm Lecture: Control Measures
• Chemical Cont.
? Contact and systemic herbicides
? Application techniques
• Biological Control
? Grazing animals
12:00 – 12:10 pm: Break
12:10 – 1:00 pm: Lecture: Restoration
• Native plant communities (focus on meadow and forest)
• Ecosystem processes
• Native plant alternatives to invasive ornamentals
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Understand why invasive plants are problematic.
2. Become familiar with twenty invasive plant species.
3. Understand the fundamentals of how to manage invasive plants and restore lands.
Matthew Sarver and Nathan Shampine, CERP
Mt. Cuba Center