Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest: An Illustrated Guide to Their Identification and Control

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Aug 29, 2005 - Gardening - 236 pages
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Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest is an informative, colorful, comprehensive guide to invasive species that are currently endangering native habitats in the region. It will be an essential resource for land managers, nature lovers, property owners, farmers, landscapers, educators, botanists, foresters, and gardeners.
Invasive plants are a growing threat to ecosystems everywhere. Often originating in distant climes, they spread to woodlands, wetlands, prairies, roadsides, and backyards that lack the biological controls which kept these plant populations in check in their homelands.
Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest includes more than 250 color photos that will help anyone identify problem trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, sedges, and herbaceous plants (including aquatic invaders). The text offers further details of plant identification; manual, mechanical, biological, and chemical control techniques; information and advice about herbicides; and suggestions for related ecological restoration and community education efforts. Also included are literature references, a glossary, a matrix of existing and potential invasive species in the Upper Midwest, an index with both scientific and common plant names, advice on state agencies to contact with invasive plant questions, and other helpful resources.
The information in this book has been carefully reviewed by staffs of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Endangered Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum and other invasive plant experts.

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Clear, concise and most of all rational. The author treats weeds as what they are, invasive species that destroy ecosystems. Read full review


1 Why Invasive Plants Cannot Be Ignored
2 Invasive Plant Control Techniques
3 Invasive Plants of Major Concern
4 Invasive Plants of Lesser Concern
5 Potential Problem Species
6 Native Plants That Sometimes Need Control
7 Ecological Restoration Education and Community Action
Appendix A Resources for Information about Invasive Plants
Appendix B Resources to Help with General Plant Identification
Appendix C Resources for Natural Landscaping and Ecological Restoration
Appendix D Glossary
Appendix E Matrix of Invasive Nonnative Plants of theUpper Midwest
Plant Index

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Betty Czarapata (1950-2003) was director of the Weed-Out Program of the Park People of Milwaukee County, a member of the Wild Ones Natural Landscapers and the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin, and the founder of the Wind Lake Environmental Club. A schoolteacher by profession, she created a curriculum on invasive plants for environmental educators.

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