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Weed wrench test

Invasive Plant Control, Inc was kind enough to donate an extractagator, a shrub wrench you can use to pull up woody invasive plants, to the AOWCP. Below is a picture of it in action, pulling up some oriental bittersweet.

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It worked very well on the tap root of the oriental bittersweet.

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A privet we tested it on took a little longer, but we still got it out.  Judy Dumke poses with our victim.

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Weed wrenches can be a great way to reduce invasive populations in small areas,  but it requires patience,persistence, and a lot of sweat!

Phenology updates: Mile-a-minute, Oriental bittersweet, Tree of heaven, Privet, and Ivy

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Mile-a-minute (Persicaria perfoliata) – [plant with triangular leaves] seedlings growing. Please note, AOWCP is still tracking populations of this species.  If you see any please report it to appalachianohioweeds@gmail.com

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Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) – seedling (above), flower buds (below)

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Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) – leaf out

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Privets (Ligustrum spp.) – flower buds forming

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Ivy – (Hedera spp.) – Interesting set of photos demonstrating why it might not be a good idea to landscape with ivy.  This ivy happens to be growing behind the siding.  Second photo is almost 4 feet above the ground

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