We have to deal with the ever encroaching Himalayan Blackberry and the pernicious English Ivy, but we also have the fluffy, dandelion-like flying Tansy Ragwort seed and the "Pop in the Air" flying seed of Scotch Broom. The Scotch broom seed
can live up to 80 years in the ground before germinating.
The Ivy, Scotch broom and Blackberry make a thick monoculture, crowding out and killing off native grasses and understory plants.
|Buck Vs. Scotch broom|
|Our rocky soil is one reason digging is not really an option.|
All but the Tansy were brought to the Pacific Northwest as "ornamental" and garden plants. Sigh. They're here to stay, that's for sure.
|English Ivy trying to creep up a Doug fir without me noticing. I noticed.|
Luckily we have a few tools and friends to help us out. Cinnabar moth caterpillars help with the Tansy
|Cinnabar moth caterpillars munch away on the Tansy Ragwort|
|Before: A job well done. Thanks Buck!|
|After: Future site of my garden expansion!|