These plants have an advantage because the insects, diseases, and animals that would normally control them are not found here. Since these plants have developed specialized mechanisms to survive, they can spread at an alarming rate.
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What can YOU do about noxious weeds? Here's a list to help you get started in eradicating noxious weeds (best you are able):
- Learn to identify the noxious weed species that are invading the area where you live and work
- Report the location of all known and suspected noxious weeds to local managers so they can be dealt with quickly.
- Understand the negative impact that weeds have on the environment.
- Manage noxious weeds on your property by developing a weed management control plan to implement over time. Share your concerns about noxious weeds with your neighbors.
- Minimize ground-disturbing activities on your land and always re-plant with desirable plants.
- Use integrated weed management techniques for the effective and safe management of noxious weeds.
Taking care of our own property also works to take care of the larger environment and ecosystems that are in it. When we all work together to stay on top of noxious weeds, we all benefit (the land most of all).