Losing the battle with invasives

Asked September 16, 2019, 3:45 PM EDT

Hi! I have a 1/2 acre of woods off of Mulligans Hill Lane in historic Ellicott City. For 4 years I've been trying very hard to rid my property of garlic mustard, stilt grass, and basket grass (which has been increasing), and others. Some neighbors allow me to remove invasives from adjacent property lines, some do not, and of course deer, critters, water and wind move the seeds back onto the property. I'm making progress, but will never WIN the battle, and as I age the physical work will become more than I can do each year. Are their any free plants, or funded programs to help? In lieu of that, what native ground covers would you most recommend that I could grow by clippings over winter to plant next spring? All the best - many thanks!

Howard County Maryland invasives native plant selections

1 Response

We do not know of any free plants or funded programs for native plants. You may want to contact some native plant nurseries for more information. See the MD Native Plant Society Website https://mdflora.org/nurseries.html

Take a look at our link and resources for native plants for shade for some ideas. Consider golden groundsel and goldenrod as this reproduces by seed. Other suggestions include Pa sedge, and mountain mint (part shade).
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/native-plants-shady-slopes
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/native-plants

Look for native plant sales now and plant if possible, maybe a small section. You may be more successful finding plants in the spring. There will be more native plant sales and some seed swaps (Washington Gardener).
Also, connect with Howard County Master Gardeners in the spring for sales and swaps
https://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/howard-county-master-gardeners

Marian