Invasive Species Management: Upland, Wetland & Aquatic Weed Control
Invasive plants are species that were introduced to an area that is outside of their natural range of dispersal. They are typically characterized as adaptable and aggressive, with a very high reproductive rate. When combined with a general lack of natural enemies or predators, their aggressive nature often leads to major outbreaks that can dominate quickly and be very hard to control. As a result, native plants and animals can suffer. While invasive plants are generally introduced to the United States from other parts of the world, plants that are native to the country can also be considered invasive when introduced to other regions within our own borders.
In order to combat the spread of invasive species, it’s important to stay educated on the ways in which they can spread and how they present themselves to their non-native ecosystems. Invasive plants typically fit into a few main categories: submerged, emergent, floating, wetland:
Managing Nuisance & Invasive Aquatic Weeds
Monitoring Invasive Aquatic Plants
Monitoring is a key component to successful invasive species management. With regular inspections of your sites, you can identify and control problem species before they have a chance to proliferate. Early identification will also greatly reduce the expense associated with control, allowing for small-scale selective treatments rather than the large-scale and expansive treatments that are required once a problem species has taken over.
Once an invasive aquatic plant species have been identified through testing or close inspection under a microscope, an experienced aquatic management professional may recommend a number of management strategies, depending on the type of vegetation present. SOLitude regularly manages invasive plants on sites of all sizes. Our scientific team has access to new technologies like advanced drone technology for aquatic weed applications and extensive experience to know what specific herbicide and application techniques are most appropriate for a given site.