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Effective Methods for Controlling Invasives

Saturday, August 12, 2017
11:00am – 2:00pm

Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT New London Hall, Room 101

Effective Methods for Controlling Invasives Saturday, August 12, 11:00 am Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT New London Hall, Room 101 with guest speakers: Todd Mervosh, TM Agricultural & Ecological Services: Mugwort Mugwort – Biology and Control Options: Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), also known as chrysanthemum weed or wormwood, is a perennial herbaceous plant that spreads primarily via its rhizomes. Native to Eurasia, mugwort is considered a weedy or invasive species in the U.S. The more years a patch of mugwort has existed, the more difficult it is to eliminate by mechanical or chemical methods. Thus the “early detection – rapid response” approach is the goal for controlling mugwort. But of course, mugwort has been spreading in Connecticut for a couple hundred years, so dealing with long-standing infestations is often more typical. Todd will share his own and other researchers’ experiences regarding effective management options for mugwort. Todd Mervosh is general manager of TM Agricultural & Ecological Services in Suffield, CT. A native of Illinois, he earned a Ph.D. in agronomy/weed science at the University of Illinois in 1994. For 20 years, he was a scientist at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in Windsor where he conducted weed control research in a variety of crops and experiments on management of invasive plants. Now he provides consulting and vegetation control services covering a wide range of habitats. Petie Reed, Perennial Harmony, and Abby Stokes, Pine Grove Beautification Committee: Japanese Knotweed Japanese Knotweed Control Options: The summer of 2011 the Pine Grove Beautification Committee began a pilot program in a 100’x20’ area to eradicate Japanese Knotweed and restore low-growing, native plants and grasses to prevent erosion, minimize maintenance, and negate the use of chemicals. Within three years that pilot area was virtually knotweed free and is a happy and healthy bank now. Since then they’ve honed in on the most effective and efficient method for knotweed eradication using Mechanical, not Chemical, Control. But wait, there’s more...Japanese Knotweed is now considered a delicacy. Our discussion will include methods for cooking. If you can’t beat it, eat it! Petie Reed has owned Perennial Harmony for 14 years and has been a NOFA Organic Land Care Professional for 10 years. A lifelong environmentalist, Petie is active with Save the River-Save the Hills a non-profit grassroots organization protecting the Niantic River. Abby Stokes got her hands dirty 12 years ago when she purchased a cottage in Pine Grove – a peninsula in the Niantic River. She founded the Pine Grove Beautification Committee in 2007. Abby is also the bestselling author "Is This Thing On?" A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming. Hosted by Wild Ones Mountain Laurel CT Chapter More information: on Facebook, search “Wild Ones Mou


Alyssa Siegel-Miles,

Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (primary)

Control Panel