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Experts teach residents how to get rid of invasive plants

Experts say there's over a thousand different invasive plants.The longer they stays there, the more they grow. Experts say there's over a thousand different invasive plants.The longer they stays there, the more they grow.
Experts say the best way to get rid of invasive plants are to do herbicide treatments. Experts say the best way to get rid of invasive plants are to do herbicide treatments.
ourists were taken on a wagon ride field trip at the Pebble Hill Plantation to learn how to identify invasive species and plants. ourists were taken on a wagon ride field trip at the Pebble Hill Plantation to learn how to identify invasive species and plants.
Guy Ellis, South Georgia Resident Guy Ellis, South Georgia Resident
Mark McClure, Forest Health Specialist with the Georgia Forestry Commission Mark McClure, Forest Health Specialist with the Georgia Forestry Commission
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Invasive plants can be a nuisance, especially when they grow out of control right outside of your home. When these invasive plants spread aggressively, they can continue to grow into a bigger problem over time.

"The exotic non natives will choke the native plants out and take over. Basically kill the natives, take over site, and you will not be able to grow those native plants that you desire to grow," said Forest Health Specialist Mark McClure.

Tourists were taken on a wagon ride field trip at the Pebble Hill Plantation to learn how to identify invasive species like birds and insects. They also learned how to stay alert of invasive plants which includes moss, weeds, vines, trees, and even the pretty flowers you may plant in the yard. 

"People just have to be careful what flowers they plant in the yard, it might look pretty but then eventually you're going to be fighting them and wish you'd never gotten them," said South Georgia resident Guy Ellis.

Experts say there's over a thousand different invasive plants.The longer they stays there, the more they grow. Experts say the best way to get rid of invasive plants are to do herbicide treatments.

McClure added, "Backyard herbicide treatments, hack and squirt methods, the use of a machete with a chop into the tree,(and) inserting herbicide."

Experts say the best time to do treatments are from June until October.

To learn more about invasive plants and species visit Georgia Forestry Commission's.

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