Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Even the Deer Dislike the Invasive Species

I winding down my rant on invasive species.  May is Invasive Species Month in Illinois.  It was my goal for the month of may to increase awareness and to teach my readers about the problem we have with invasive species.
With only a few days left of May, I will end this series with some facts about what the invasive species have already done to our woodlands.  I hope that my readers realize that this is only the tip of the iceberg.  With out efforts to control these invaders, we will see more and more of our native plants disappear only to be replaced with unwanted, harmful invasive species.
Here's is a great example of what is happening in our woodlands and what we can do to prevent it from getting worse and reverse the effects of what the invasive species have already done.
With a growing deer problem in our local forest preserves, our woodlands have been barren of many of the spring flowers that used to decorate them. Battling the problem of being shaded out by European buckthorn later in the Spring and crowded out by invasive garlic mustard in early summer, the woodland floor is lacking many of the native species that once adorned it. Simply put, the species are just gone.  And, the have disappeared because the invasive species took over making it impossible for the native species to thrive.
Some of the most unfortunate losses are the ramp or wild leek and the Virginia bluebell, martensia virginica, which colonizes wooded floodplains along our waterways and also creates stands in our woodlands. This is one of the most beautiful flowers and it is a shame that are all but 'extinct'.  The striking blue flowers are a welcome sight after a long drab winter, blooming at the same time as many of our early blooming native trees such as wild plum and redbuds. The plants dissapear by June but by then our attention is diverted by many other of mother nature's offerings.  Cleaning up areas where these plants can thrive will help bring them back.  Plant them and carefully monitor the area for invasive species.  Contact your local tree service, like Trees "R" Us, Inc. on the North Shore to help you care for your plants and remove unwanted ones.  With the help of one of the Trees "R" Us, Inc.'s arborists in our plant health care division, you will be well on your way to doing your part to restore the woodland to what they were meant to be.  Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. at or by phone at 847-913-9069.

Thanks for reading,

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