Category Archives: Invasive species

Observations Made on Visit to Duck Pond Springs

During a routine observational visit to the Duck Pond Springs today I was surprised to find  the area overgrown with the aquatic weed, watercress (Nasturtium officinale) and a variety of other non-native pest plants that are well-established in the surrounding … Continue reading

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Japanese Knotweed Along Madison’s SW Bike Path: Update on Control Efforts

Madison, WI September 10, 2014.  This blog has written about Japanese knotweed in Madison before.  In an earlier post we reported on the extensive forest and scattered outliers of Japanese knotweed (Polygonun cuspidatum) that infests portions of the SW Bike Path … Continue reading

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Brenda Baker’s ‘Seed Pod’ Now at Monona Terrace

Madison residents, or those traveling to Madison soon, should go see the fabulous new sculpture installed in the walkway approach to the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.   Although the art was only installed on Friday October 4, it … Continue reading

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Reed Canary Grass Season

Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) is an aggressive introduced grass that is often a management concern in wetlands across southern Wisconsin.  Recently it has demonstrated a tolerance for dry, upland soils and is often found growing in waste places, roadside … Continue reading

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Purple Loosestrife Persists in Lake Wingra Wetlands

Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) the introduced, invasive pest plant of wetlands and other habitats, and known for its showy rose-purple flowers, is having a very good year in the wetlands and near-shore areas of Lake Wingra. Purple loosestrife is a … Continue reading

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Underused Garlic Mustard Control Strategy?

The question of the day for all you garlic mustard pullers out there is this: Are you using all the tools and best management practices that you know of to battle the pest species? Of course you are, but what … Continue reading

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City to Continue Weed Control on SW Bike Path

City Engineer Robert Phillips, P.E. announced yesterday that City (of Madison) Engineering will fund a second year of work to contain, and eventually eradicate,  Japanese knotweed from areas bordering the SW Bike Path.  (See earlier blog post on the status … Continue reading

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Garlic Mustard, Control Advice From the Front Lines

From the wonderful Northern Illinois restoration blog: Prairie Piece: living in harmony with nature comes a new post with comprehensive educational information and control options for dealing with garlic mustard ( Alliaria petiolata). The restoration blogger, VJ Cepa,  speaks from experience … Continue reading

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Japanese knotweed is on the move . . .

to the edge of residential backyards along the SW Bike Path. A well-established population of Japanese knotweed has been spreading along the north side of the SW Bike Path for several years, now it has jumped (on gone under) that … Continue reading

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