Invasive species are a huge problem for landscapers, foresters, conservationists and most land maintenance professionals. Many times these species are given the upper hand because they populate in areas with no natural predators. Invasive plants can and do take over large areas within small amount of time. They choke out natural species and infest themselves in our gardens, lawns, parks, and natural areas. In the long term, invasive species alter the chemistry, mobility,and water retention of the soil, creating a whole other ecosystem much different from before.
So what does this have to do with mowers? Many forms of invasive species control involve chemicals. In using these chemical, they ultimately are transferred into the soil and water table, causing some harmful results. Alternatives include, controlled burns, introducing natural predators or stump removal. Safer options of invasive species control can come in the forms of high strength mowers.
By utilizing mowers like the Green Climber, a forester/conservationist/ landscaper can pick the right time of year, prior to the plant’s reproduction cycle, and kill the plant down to the roots. The Green Climber has the capability to even grind the stump low enough to kill the tree. Adding a safe alternative herbicide to the stump can ensure permanent extermination.
Before you decide to utilize chemicals, please keep in mind that chemicals saturate the soil long after the plant is gone. Most of the time, utilizing man power or machine power always provide you with a safer result.
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Special thanks to Mr. Kochwesser, David Monit Ecology Club Coordinators, Riverside-Brookfield High School.