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Scout for Invasive Plants Now

Burning bush (Euonymus alatus) with its distinctive winged twigs.

Burning bush (Euonymus alatus) with its distinctive winged twigs.

February 7, 2019

For those Mainers experiencing a relatively open winter, this is a good time to get into the woods to look for invasive species. Burning bush, with its winged bark (see photo), Japanese barberry with its thorny stems, Asiatic bittersweet with its red-orange fruits and multiflora rose with its arching, thorny shoots are easy to spot now. Read about removing invasives in The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. For an update on removing woody invasives with weed-wrench-type tools (when the soil thaws), see the website of Ecolandscaping.org

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