Be Plant Wise –
Do you know what you grow?
Grow me instead is a resource of Plant Wise Gardening, a prevention-based program successfully run in provinces across Canada, that illustrates horticulture's most 'unwanted' invasive plants. Grow me instead provides a tool for the horticulture industry, landscape architects and gardening community for decision making in the effort to avoid the introduction and spread of invasive plants. Grow me instead plant profiles are recommended alternatives to Yukon's most unwanted horticultural plants.
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Why Eliminate Invasive Plants from your Garden?
Some plants from other parts of the globe, originally introduced as garden flowers, for landscapes, or for their medicinal or food value, have jumped the garden fence to become invasive in the natural environment. Invasive plants are spread, intentionally and unintentionally, by people and their activities. They, generally have no natural predators to stop their spread so they can survive, thrive, and dominate, in the wild. Accidental or intentional, these invaders cause not only environmental and habitat degradation, but social and economic loss as well. Their growth and rapid spread is detrimental to native plants and damages natural areas, rangelands, parks, watersheds and lakes. They can threaten the biodiversity of the Yukon's natural habitat and species at risk.
While only a small number of introduced ornamental plants actually become invasive, effective action needs to be taken to avoid planting the ones that do. Choosing suitable alternatives can help prevent future spread and serve to protect and preserve Yukon's natural environment.
Important steps to PLANT WISE Gardening:
- Make good choices. Purchase and grow non-invasive plants. Select the right plant for the right place.
- Replace existing invasive plants in your garden with non-invasive plants
- Properly dispose of invasive plants. Remove invasive plants before they flower to prevent seed spread. Best is to bag them in clear plastic bags for landfill disposal. Never dispose of invasive plants “over the fence” in natural areas or parks. Never compost invasive plants! Check reliable local sources before you plant. Do your research. Ask your local garden centre
- Trade only plants and seeds you know are non-invasive.
- Consider native plants. Use local suppliers only.
- If you are collecting pretty “wildflowers” from roadsides or natural areas make sure you know what you collect! Allow true native plants to thrive in their natural setting.
- Avoid pre-packaged wildflower mixes unless contents are identified and contain only non-invasive species.
- Encourage others to plant non-invasive plants and to replace existing invasive plants.
- Use mulches and/or ground covers in open garden areas to prevent invasive plants from establishing
- Report location of invasive plants to firstname.lastname@example.org
Get Involved and Make a Difference!
Whether you are adding new, attractive plants to your garden, starting a landscaping project, growing crops, running a horticulture-based business or are removing invasive plants from your land – you can make a difference!