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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.


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!

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


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


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