Work Day Preparation. Identifying Invasives & Proper Tool Use. Brush Removal: Team Leader Responsibilities. Orient your people Explain why, how and what your team will be doing. (Refer to slides if necessary.) Teach plant identification: Buckthorn Teasel Poison ivy Wild Parsnip.
Work Day Preparation
Identifying Invasives &
Proper Tool Use
PRIMARY TARGET: BUCKTHORN
Secondary Target: Teasel
First introduced to the area in the 1800’s, Teasel is an aggressive plant that can take over prairies and savannahs if left uncontrolled.
Teasel is a biennial plant that can reach heights of 6 Feet.
The flowering plant will have tiny spines covering them and appear rippled. The stems have downward facing spines running along a wood-like stem.
The flowers range from white to purple and occur mainly in early summer. In the fall the teasel flower turns brown
Teams of two should take care to cut just below the flower on the stalk. One person should cut and the other person should put the plant material in a wheelbarrow. Then the remainder of the plant should be cut as near to the ground as possible and/or dug up with a shovel.
THE LOPPER “RULE OF THUMB”: