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CSISS wants to help Shuswap gardeners stay vigilant against the spread of invasive plants – Salmon Arm News

By Vaseline May31,2024

The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society is encouraging residents to help stop the spread of invasive plant species while gardening this spring.

Robyn Hooper, executive director of CSISS, said in a statement that there are ways residents can stop the spread of invasive plants while enjoying their yards.

“CSISS is calling on gardeners to be vigilant about the seed packets, plants and wildflower seed mixes they purchase or share,” Hooper said. “It is not currently illegal to import, buy or sell invasive plants in British Columbia.”

Hooper said local garden centers are supporting efforts to limit the spread of invasive plants.

“We are very pleased to see that most plant nurseries and garden centers in our region are committed to protecting native biodiversity by only offering non-invasive plants for sale,” she said. “However, it is important that consumers actively support these efforts by requesting non-invasive plant varieties from their local garden centers.”

CSISS suggested planting vegetables, which are non-invasive and are a sustainable and rewarding gardening practice.

Hooper also encouraged residents to keep an eye on the plants in their own backyards.

“As the flowers start to bloom, be on the lookout for potential invaders and start weeding your garden early this season,” she said. “Check our website for tips on how to manage and remove invasive plants from your property.”

She noted that invasive plant removal is free at CSRD landfills and transfer stations.

“Let the attendant know and make sure the plants are bagged,” she added.

For help identifying invasive plants, visit the CSISS website and use the Report Invasives mobile app to report sightings.

Residents can also email CSISS for further assistance at (email protected).

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