As gardeners and homeowners become increasingly aware of environmental issues and sustainability, they are becoming more interested in native ecosystems. If you’re new to this, the non-native vs. invasive and native discussion can be a little confusing. It’s important to understand the differences so you can choose the best plants for your local area. What is an Invasive Plant? Most people know that an invasive plant is a problem, but do you know why? What makes a plant invasive? Are all non-native species invasive? These are important questions. Start with definitions of three important terms: How Do Species Become Invasive? Non-native plants are introduced to new areas either intentionally or accidentally. Intentional planting of non-native species in gardens has been a primary cause of the spread of these plants. Plant sellers have long looked for new specimens people might like, and gardeners have long embraced them. Once in the garden, […]
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