The Connecticut Strangler
You've all heard the term invasive species. When we lived in Virginia, it was Kudsu. Here in Connecticut, we have several culprits. Japanese Barberry is one that is very prevalent in our neck of the woods and is a "doozie" to eradicate. However, Bittersweet Vine is known as "the Connecticut strangler". Yes, the plant that produces those pretty red/orange berries that pop just in time for Fall decorating.
Since the vine strangles trees, whether deciduous or conifer, we do our part by nipping it in the bud.
Every once in a while, the Pres heads into the bordering property and clips the vine, severing it from it's roots.
As you can see, by the next morning , the vine has begun to wilt and die. The 100' pine tree can breathe a sigh of relief, saved once again.
While the Pres' effort is a noble one, I recently learned that the preferred way to control invasive species is to dig out the roots. So, as I walk around the perimeter of our property, I pull the new shoots.
Oh, one more thing.
Did I tell you I'm going away for four days?
Yep, heading "into the woods."
As a steward, I was accepted into a program sponsored by UConn, DEP, CT Forest & Parks to become a little smarter...:)