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Phragmites control

Phragmites - Common Reed
Phragmites - Common Reed

Phragmites (European Common Reed) has been described as Canada's "worst" invasive plant. This aggressively spreading invasive grass may reach heights of more than five metres.

There could be 240 plants or more growing on each square metre of land. Phragmites chokes out native plants, alters wetlands, and impacts species. Phragmites can grow so tall and thick it can limit the ability for property owners and residents to enjoy their properties and have access to shorelines and streams.

This tall, thick, invasive grass can also pose a fire hazard during the dormant period when there is standing dead biomass. It may also create a safety hazard by blocking sight lines.

Here are some information resources on proper disposal and best practices when dealing with Phragmites:

Fact sheet:

Controlling Phragmites australis (European Common Reed) in Agricultural and Rural Areas

Brochure:

Smart Practices for Controlling Invasive Phragmites in Ontario’s Roadside Ditches

Booklet:

Smart Practices for the Control of Invasive Phragmites along Ontario's Roads; Version 1, March 2015; Ontario Phragmites Working Group

Links:

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Invasive Phragmites – Best Management Practices, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Peterborough, Ontario. Version 2011. 15 pp.:

http://www.ontario.ca/document/invasive-phragmites-best-management-practices

Landowners can help to stop the spread of Phragmites by controlling the plant on their properties and not spreading the plant on contaminated heavy equipment.

The content here is provided for educational and informational purposes only. This information is believed to be accurate at the time it was produced (August 2015) but is subject to change. This information may not cover aspects of your particular situation.

All control methods and management must be done in compliance with applicable legislation.

Under no circumstances shall the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority or its partners be held liable for any loss or damage (including any type of damage), which may be attributable to the reliance on and use of this information.