A Good Idea, But…

See on Scoop.itCommon Sense Gardening


It sounds like a good idea, but taking photos of invasive plants and expecting someone to come and uproot them seems ridiculous!  If you drive along the freeway near my home you’ll see that there is more Scotch broom growing on the median and  roadsides than anything else.  There’s no way that we could fund the amount of invasive plant removal that’s required; better to take the matter into your own hands as the author describes doing herself.


Maybe I’ll go and take a few (thousand) photos of invasive plants and see how long it takes for the cleanup crew to show…


Hmmm, when I follow the link to the Invasive Alien Plant Program site, it informs me that my ‘alien plant report’ will be sent to a  provincial Invasive Plant Specialist for my area (wonder if they’re hiring) who “may then share this information with the local Weed Committee Coordinator so that the agency/land owner responsible for the infestation can be notified”.


I’m sure the agency or landowner will come rushing out to clean up the blackberries, broom or butterfly bush!  Excuse my cynicism, but I think we would do better to organize local groups of citizens to combat invasive alien plants.  There are folks in my community who host regular ‘broom bashes’


I can’t help but think that the funds directed to setting up Report-a-Weed could have been better spent supporting groups that are already doing this work.










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About hortophile

I am a very opinionated, slightly obsessed gardener with decades of experience in the retail nursery industry. A lucky resident of the "Wet Coast" of British Columbia I tread a muddy path between practicality and beauty, with my veggie patch, herb garden and fruits vying for position with the beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers that I can't resist. DON'T ask me to choose between them! I believe in environmental responsibility and common sense.
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2 Responses to A Good Idea, But…

  1. Doreen says:

    I am in Qualicum Beach and we have a war on broom. We are winning I am happy to say with thanks to a number of volunteer groups and lots of awareness. If you are down this way you will really notice a difference.
    I hope you get your greenhouse. I got a small one (6×10) and love it. It is really nice on a rainy day when you are preparing for spring planting.

    • hortophile says:

      Glad to hear you’re winning the ‘battle against broom’ Doreen. I’m just a little north of you and despite the efforts of similar volunteer groups I still see a lot of broom around here!

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