5 of Iowa’s most invasive species (and how to get rid of them)

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An infestation of Garlic Mustard.

Invasive plant species are like the common cold: They’re easily caught, undesirable and if left untreated, can lead to something much more serious. Across Iowa, a variety of species threaten our native ecosystems. These weeds dominate and choke out wild and native plants, leading to less diverse native natural areas.

The following are five of the most common and threatening invasive species in Iowa.

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Invasive species identification workshop

When you’re out enjoying nature, it can be difficult to identify certain plants or trees—especially ones that aren’t healthy for the area. Next Tuesday, Trees Forever is hosting a workshop to help Iowans learn how to identify invasive species, and what to do when you find them.

The training is free, but registration is requested. For more information, see the flyer below:

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