Do you get overwhelmed by all the invasive species to identify and control on your land? You are not alone! MC-IRIS wants to help focus your efforts and provide education on one invasive species each year, and the species for 2020 is Asian bush honeysuckle.
All of the green shrubs in this mid-April photo of an Indiana forest are the invasive Asian bush honeysuckle (photo by Lee Casebere)
Asian bush honeysuckle is an invasive shrub harming Monroe County forests and wildlife. There is a lot scattered throughout the county, but it is easy to identify and remove. Be part of the solution by joining together with MC-IRIS to focus on the removal of Asian bush honeysuckle in 2020.
Flowers of Asian bush honeysuckle (photo by Peter Dziuk)
Asian bush honeysuckle is easy to control; small plants can be pulled by hand, and larger shrubs can be pulled with a Puller Bear or similar device (available for loan through MC-IRIS). Shrubs can also be cut down and the stump painted with an herbicide to stop resprouting. More details on control methods can be found here.
Replace this invasive bush with native bushes to introduce, maintain and increase native plantings to create native habitats that will benefit our wildlife.
Native landscape shrub alternatives that do well in Monroe County to start you thinking:
Why are we doing this?
Asian bush honeysuckle with berries (photo by Paul Rothrock)
Want to join the Challenge? Read more about identifying and controlling Asian bush honeysuckle, and then join our First Saturday work days at City Parks from March through November to get some hands on experience. We'll have more details on being part of the Challenge soon - watch this space! Also, be sure to join us at SNAYL Day at Farmer's Market, May 23, 2020. Stay posted for details on how to join the challenge!