Many of the most problematic plant species in our natural areas started out as valued garden plants. Learn how to identify invasive plants species in your yard, and learn how to handle them in an upcoming program from The Conservation Foundation and University of Illinois Extension.
Trish Beckjord of The Conservation Foundation and Midwest Groundcovers will present “Unwanted Plants and What to Do About Them” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Yorkville. Beckjord will explore the pervasive problem of unwanted and invasive plants, and participants will learn how to identify and remove them. She also will provide alternative plant options to enhance your garden.
“Some of these plants you may know as invasive, such as buckthorn, but others may surprise you,” said Sarah Fellerer, U of I Extension Master Naturalist program coordinator for DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. “The green industry still sells some problematic species, and you may have even bought and planted some in your own yard in the past.”
To learn more or register, visit the “Register Online” section at web.extension.illinois.edu/dkk. There is no charge for this program, but registration is required by Feb. 17. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, call the Extension office at 630-553-5823 at least two weeks prior to the program. The U of I Extension office of Kendall County is located at 7775B IL Route 47, Yorkville.
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