Unfortunately, invasive plants—like kudzu, ragweed, and Himalayan blackberry—won’t go away on their own. Luckily, How to Eradicate Invasive Plants offers a clear, practical solution to an increasingly common problem.Invasive plants are a growing threat to our home landscapes, affecting native plants and wildlife. Clearly written and easy-to-use, How to Eradicate Invasive Plants shows you how to recognize the invasive plant; offers eradication options, from simple, organic approaches to the safest and most responsible ways to use chemicals; and enables you to identify 200 of the most common invasive plants.This comprehensive guide includes all types of invasive plants, including water and bog plants; annuals, biennials, and tropical perennials; herbaceous perennials; grasses and bamboos; and vines, shrubs, and trees.read more
The book should win a readability award. It is laid out with style and panache. There is great use of color, fonts, shadings, pagination, background and spacing. The first 130 pages are a textual pleasure, and the rest is of course, profiles of the plants themselves. For once, (most of) the photos are clear, detailed and helpful, unlike so many other plant and bird books, where drawings add heat but no light to your research.I learned that one woman’s weed is another woman’s flower. Invasive plants included here are often garden treasures. My mother’s favorite flower, Lilly of the Valley surprised me by showing up. Turns out to be tougher than she thought, and potentially poisonous to boot. Similarly the lovely Lantana, in all its glorious varieties, is considered an invasive pest. Same for ice plant, which carpets southern California highway borders and medians in a riot of obnoxious colors every spring – bad! Who knew?But that’s why you buy the book.The book is intuitively divided into sections by type/size of plant, from flowers to trees, and each plant is described under the same subheadings –apples to apples as it were. After the botanic description, the subheadings are:ProblemReproductionOriginNotesNon invasive alternativesLess toxic controlsChemical controlsThis however, develops into a weakness, as there are only so many ways you can say a plant crowds out the competition, and how digging might not be the final solution. Still, this is a fine encyclopedia of invasive plants, and everyone should know the extent of the problem.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.