There are some plants you should avoid planting in your yard or garden because they can take over, out compete native plants and spread to other areas. Invasive plants are non-native species that displace naturally occurring plants and can completely alter an ecosystem. Invasive vegetation poses a variety of threats to the natural environment such as the degradation of natural areas, reduced forest productivity and species richness, and adverse impacts on recreation and aesthetics. Instead, consider planting native vegetation. Native plants are well adjusted to local climate, require less water and maintenance. Growing native plants and trees on your property will enhance biodiversity, support pollinators, and reduce invasive species. Planting native is beneficial to local wildlife and pollinator species providing food and habitat.
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Residents can help map the distribution of invasive species present throughout the municipality. Sightings of terrestrial invasive plants growing within King Township can be mapped using King Mapping Software. By reporting sightings staff can identify what plants are present within King, the location of the species, control methods and the severity of the infestation. Mapping the distribution of invasive species will help Township staff monitor and mitigate the spread of invasive plants throughout the municipality. Mapping the distribution of terrestrial invasive plant species can be conducted on all property types including municipal lands, conservation lands, natural areas, green spaces and residential properties.