What is an invasive species?
An invasive species can be defined as a plant, fungus or animal species that is not native to the location, which can be introduced to the environment either deliberately or accidentally.
What to do with invasive plants?
In order to effectively control or eradicate an invasive species, it is important to plan ahead, creating a management plan to ensure that you comply with relevant legislation is essential. Each species requires a different approach whether it be physical or chemical control. It is therefore vital to know and understand what you are dealing with.
Dealing with an invasive species
Brackley Landscapes approach can broken down into stages to ensure that a through management plan is created to assure that the problem is dealt with correctly. Our site surveys are conducted using the following steps:
- Confirm the species to be dealt with
- Map out the area that is effected
- Examine the surrounding wildlife habitats
- Consider the surrounding environment
- Create an area for treatment or plan for disposal
- Check latest H&S recommendations and legislation
- Create a treatment programme before work begins
- Create a monitoring plan for regular checks
Commonly found invasive species
Some of the most common invasive species are currently Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, Giant hogweed, Rhododendron and Cherry Laurel. If you are unsure what species you are dealing with, you can send images to Brackley Landscapes to confirm the species.
Controlling Invasive Weeds
There are two main methods of invasive species management. Physical methods include mechanical removal such as deep excavation and burial, labour intense hand removal and installing ground barriers to suppress and stop invasive plants. Chemical methods include the use herbicides to control and prevent the growth of invasive plant species.