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.
It worked very well on the tap root of the oriental bittersweet.
A privet we tested it on took a little longer, but we still got it out. Judy Dumke poses with our victim.
Weed wrenches can be a great way to reduce invasive populations in small areas, but it requires patience,persistence, and a lot of sweat!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) – seedling (above), flower buds (below)
Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) – leaf out
Privets (Ligustrum spp.) – flower buds forming
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