Tropical will begin a weekly series starting next week to focus on invasive or “Pest Plants” in Vero Beach, FL and Indian River County, FL.
To focus attention on —
- the adverse effects exotic pest plants have on Florida’s biodiversity and native plant communities,
- Eradication and control of invasive plant species in the Ocean Resorts community.
- the habitat losses in natural areas from exotic pest plant infestations,
- the impacts on native endangered species via habitat loss and alteration,
- the need for pest-plant management,
- the socio-economic impacts of these plants (e.g., increased wildfires or flooding in certain areas),
- providing information to help managers set priorities and implement control programs.
There are many reasons to control invasive plants and undesirable plant species in the wild, and in the urban environment. Many exotic plants pose a risk to property, people, and native plant and animal communities. Undesirable plantings also have a major impact on property value.
It is also important to the aesthetic of any property or community to maintain a high degree of uniformity in regards to plant materials utilized throughout the landscaping. Plantings installed by non- professionals are often unsuitable for the environment they are placed in, in terms of:
- Size at maturity
- Maintenance requirements
- Appearance in conjunction with nearby desirable plantings
Photo Credit: Florida Forest Service Source: http://www.floridaforestservice.com/forest_management/fm_images/invasive_plants_images/JCF%20everywhere.jpg