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June 13, 2018

“Managing Invasive Weeds Workshop” June 19 and 26

Photo/Tim Ohlwiler
Many aggressive vines such as kudzu, English ivy and oriental bittersweet, pictured here, are very detrimental to tree and forest health.
Garlic Mustard is becoming a pesky biennial weed to deal with in gardens and landscapes as well as in the woods. Photo by Peggy Schochet
A “Managing Invasive Weeds Workshop” will take place on consecutive Tuesday nights, June 19 and 26 in Warrenton.

Participants should plan to attend both, starting at 6 p.m. at the Virginia Cooperative Extension office at 24 Pelham St. The Virginia Department of Forestry and local Master Gardeners also will help with the program.  

The workshop will focus on non-native plants with high reproductive potential that can outcompete native species for sunlight, nutrients and real estate. They often produce large quantities of seed, have aggressive root systems, thrive in disturbed areas and some even produce chemicals that make it difficult for other plants to grow near them.

Participants will learn how to manage the invasive plant bullies in garden and forest areas. The training will cover the biology and identification of many weedy plants. Hands-on practice and a review of safe practices around chemical use will be offered. Participants will have a chance to practice measuring and mixing these herbicides as well as how to apply them with various types of equipment.

The $30 fee includes resource materials and refreshments. To register, click here or stop by the VCE office at 24 Pelham St. Checks should be payable to: Treasurer of Virginia Tech.

Individuals may register on-line at: https://register.ext.vt.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=113545&selectedProgramAreaId=25580&selectedProgramStreamId=
The program will take place rain or shine.  Space is limited. Participants should dress to be active and go outside both workshop days.

Invasive plants common in Fauquier

• Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

• Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellate)

• Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum)

• Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolate)

• Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius)

• Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)

• Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

• Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
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