Early Spring Is A Good Time To Look For Invasive Species

Do you wonder if you have any invasive plants on your property? Now is a good time to check.

Many invasive plants – especially invasive shrubs – leaf out earlier than our native plant species.

This is one reason why they can be so damaging to the environment. Not only does early leaf-out allow invasive plants to start growing earlier in the spring, but it also helps them shade out nearby plants. For some native plants – especially ones that cannot tolerate shade – this can be devastating.

Bush honeysuckles and autumn olive are among the invasive plants you should be looking out for. These shrubs are often found in fields, forest edges, and along roadways. Their young leaves may be very noticeable compared to the native trees and shrubs which haven’t yet experienced bud-break.

Some native species do turn green early as well, but it’s good to be suspicious. The Shiawassee Conservation District can help you to identify these bad plants on your property, as well as provide technical assistance to help manage them. If you’re interested in controlling your invasive species, contact the District today!


Photo: Invasive plants such as autumn olive are among the first plants to have their buds break and leaf out in the spring.