Make a difference in your community and commit to be Plantwise today! Help us protect our province from the impacts of invasive plants through horticulture and join the movement to be invasive-free across Alberta.
Here are some things you can do to make a difference in your community:
- Select non-invasive plants. The Grow-Me-Instead brochure on our publications page can help you choose only non-invasive plants.
- Be suspicious of exotic plants, bulbs and seeds promoted as ‘fast spreaders,” “vigorous self-seeders” and/or “drought resistant.” Invasive plants often have the very characteristics we seek the most in plants.
- Before choosing a plant to grow, check reliable sources of information such as AISC’s invasive species fact sheets.
- Don’t purchase a plant unless it is properly labelled and you know exactly what it is. Unfortunately, private plant sales and swaps often involve invasive species.
- Don’t use wildflower mixes, as they often have invasive species seeds in them.
- When selecting bird seed, always make sure the seed mix clearly lists the ingredients, as many contain invasive plants. Or, consider creating your own seed mixes to be sure of the seed ingredients.
- Encourage others to be PlantWise. Reach out to local plant suppliers, landscapers and landscape architects, gardening and stewardship event organizers and clubs, social media and blogs, neighbours, and family and friends to educate them about being PlantWise and using only non-invasive plants to promote healthy, noninvasive gardens.
- When disposing of invasive plants, ensure to double black bag it. Never put invasive species in the compost.
Invasive plant control
There are many ways to manage and eradicate invasive plants, and it’s best to choose a species-appropriate control method since invasive plants are opportunistic and aggressively out-compete other species. Check for any underlying conditions such as bare or compact soil that may lead to spread. Take measures to keep your soils healthy and replace invasive plants with a diverse range of non-invasive alternatives that will attract and increase wildlife biodiversity while balancing out the ecology of your site.
Disposal of invasive plants
Contact your local landfill, regional district, or invasive species regional committee to learn how invasive plants are disposed of in your community. In general, make sure you do not let your invasive plants go to seed. Be sure to first clip off all mature flower and seed heads. Add these and other plant parts to a double black plastic bag. Add bags to your garbage – DO NOT COMPOST.
Encourage others to be PlantWise
Reach out to local plant suppliers, landscapers and landscape architects, gardening and stewardship event organizers and clubs, social media and blogs, neighbours, and family and friends – educate them about PlantWise – encourage others to use only non-invasive plants and promote healthy, non-invasive gardens.