How You Can Help

Invasive species are everyone’s problem, and need to be everyone’s solution. People are the largest vector of invasive species. You can make a difference!

Gardeners

how you can helpKnow what you grow. Avoid purchasing known invasive plants. Be suspicious of exotic plants promoted as “fast spreaders” or “vigorous self-seeders” as these are often invasive plants.

  • Avoid picking plants from roadsides, gravel pits or other disturbed areas.

  • Control and dispose of invasive plants prior to flower or seed development.

  • Request that local botanical gardens, nurseries, and gardening clubs promote, display or sell non-invasive plants.

Disposal

  • Dead-head and dispose of invasive plant seeds, seed heads or fruit prior to flowering and seed maturity.

  • Do not dump garden waste into a public park, natural area or roadside ditch.

  • Avoid composting invasive plants, as they can often quickly re-establish themselves.

  • Collect invasive plant material in heavy plastic bags; transport to local transfer station or landfill for deep burial or incinerate.

  • For remote areas, try to pack out flowers/seeds in a bag for disposal.

Education

  • Learn to identify the invasive plants in your area.

  • Participate in local events like community weed pulls.

  • Spread the word, not the weeds! Communicate the importance of invasive plant management to friends, family, neighbours and co-workers.

Recreation

Stay on existing roads and trails and avoid travelling in weed infested areas to prevent seed dispersal.

  • Clean equipment, tools, vehicles and footwear before leaving an area that is infested with invasive plants.

  • Choose weed-free parking and staging areas.

  • Report sightings of invasive plants. Visit the ‘Report-A-Weed‘ page to find out about the different options for reporting new infestations.

Land Managers & Land Owners

  • Control established invasive plants using methods appropriate to site and species. For example; hand pulling, digging, cutting, and mowing.

  • Minimize soil disturbance and damage to desirable vegetation.

  • Promptly seed or re-vegetate disturbed areas with non-invasive plants.

  • Since invasive plants are extremely persistent, ongoing control and monitoring is often required.