Removing Invasive Weeds Without Toxic Chemicals
How can you get rid of Himalayan blackberries and English ivy without using toxic chemicals that can get into our salmon streams and Puget Sound? This video covers tools and techniques to make these jobs easier, when restoring a landscape taken over by invasive weeds. Along the way, it covers weed and native plant identification, the importance of replacing the weeds with other (ideally native) plants, and why English Ivy is one of the worst invasive plants in Western Washington. This project is funded by the King County Wastewater Treatment Division, in partnership with the Vashon Nature Center.
If you are dealing with larger areas, up to a quarter acre, this document from the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC), is full of great info and tips. Tools, timing, the importance of seed removal. All the info you never get from the chemical companies!
- Removing Whole Plants (5 techniques)
- Controlling Plants by Cutting (6 techniques)
- Controlling Plants in Place (3 techniques)
- Covering Plants with Sheet Barriers (3 techniques)
- Controlling Plants at a Plant Community Scale (4 techniques)
- Biological Control (general introduction and descriptions of agents for 18 weed species/species groups)
Sheet Mulching - Weed Control with No Chemicals
Sheet mulching is a way to keep your shrub and perennial borders almost weed-free, and is a low work, inexpensive way to convert a lawn area into vegetable or flower gardens. Here is a guide to how to do it. This guide was prepared for residents of Vashon Island, Washington, but much of the information will be useful no matter where you live. Click here to see and download the pdf file.
We also have created 3 short videos of the sheet mulching process:
Part 1 covers the preparation of the sheet mulching area and placing cardboard.
Part 2 covers tips on working with large piles of wood chips and loading wheelbarrows efficiently. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX-FunfK5uY
Part 3 covers tips on spreading the wood chips, and
when you would use compost instead of wood chips. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9KjrhraHlY
Alternatives to RoundUp and Other Glyphosate Products
Click here to download a high resolution pdf version of the following 6 Pest Solution Fact Sheets: Dandelions and other Broadleaf Weeds, Moss, Powdery Mildew and Other Fungal Diseases, Quackgrass, and Slugs and Snails : Fact Sheets: All