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Old 06-28-2016, 07:59 AM
Location: Type 0.7 Kardashev
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Invasive species are a problem everywhere.

Originally Posted by Iaskwhy View Post
I find it hugely ironic when people talk about invasive species.
Sure you do.

I bet wherever you live has walls, right? Your house or apartment has walls designed to keep the species that are native to your area out. And yet it's ironic when others speak of keep certain non-native species out of areas.

That's some irony.
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Old 06-28-2016, 08:21 AM
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Based on my reading, the settlers in Maryland cut down the forests several times over, so we don't have huge trees like on the west coast. So the forested areas that we have are valuable and relatively young. Most visibly, they are at risk from invasive vines whichcan cover, strangle and pull them down. These are oriental bittersweet, japanese honeysuckle, porcelainberry, english ivy and maybe others that I'm not able to identify yet.

Trees take so long to grow, and they sequester carbon and make oxygen for mammals to breathe. Another big risk to the health of trees is the European garlic mustard. Besides its dangers to understory plants, it has a fungicide that kills the beneficial organisms in the soil that help large trees survive. Based on internet sources, the garlic mustard invasion has happened in the last 150 years. It is one of the invaders on my property, and I'm still battling it.

Other invasive plants that are devastating to plant and animal life in my area are European Phragmite and Japanese black pine. The phragmites starve wildlife by killing their food plants with allelopathic roots...it is also super hard to eradicate. I'm still irritated when I see black pine for sale via nurseries. There are many beautiful native pines that support the life on our continent. There are also many cultivars of native pines suitable for bonsai and other uses.

The invasive animals in my yard are the stink bug, like many have mentioned. They are a problem on my non-native fruit, but they also attack my native berry bushes. Japanese beetles are another problem, and birds do not seem to eat these ugly, nasty bugs. My neighbors honey bees also compete with my native insects for the nectar on all the awesome plants I've planted. I've seen more dead native bees since they got a new and the native bees are a lot less active.

Invasive Plant Suppresses the Growth of Native Tree Seedlings by Disrupting Belowground Mutualisms
Once a Military Ally, Invasive Trees Threaten Del. Coast - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -
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