Restoring any site where invasive species were removed is a key – but sometimes forgotten – step in a successful control effort. Many of our invasive plant species are adapted to thrive in disturbed soils. For this reason, all control efforts and general site work that result in exposed mineral soil should incorporate some degree of restoration.
- Small patches of exposed soil, e.g. from root-wrenching a shrub, should be tamped down by foot and covered with leaf litter from on-site.
- Larger patches of exposed soil should be planted with fast-growing native species.
- Non-forested sites, such as meadows, should be seeded with a grass mix including annual rye (Lolium perenne), which can provide a quick cover on open soils and allow non-invasive species time to self-germinate.
For native plant recommendations that are specific to your site’s conditions and needs, try the Native Plant Trust’s Garden Plant Finder or visit the Weston Plant Pollinator Alliance.