Things I’m working to eradicate

Officially designated as invasive plants in my region

      • Ailanthus altissima (Tree of heaven — (*snort*))
        • I didn’t do my research and cut down a tree. At that point in time there were already long suckers vining all the way across the back end of my property. This plant is hell.
      • Clematis terniflora (Sweet autumn clematis)
        • WHY could they not have planted the native Clematis virginiana, with which this is often confused?
      • Ligustrum sinense (Chinese privet)
      • Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle
      • Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stiltgrass)
      • Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo — (again, *snort*)
        • A previous inhabitant planted one YEARS ago. I cut it down within the first year I lived here (2014). I am still pulling sprouts and suckers off the stump. Thankfully there was only one!
      • Sorghum halepense (Johnson grass)
        • My comment on discovering this plant’s rhizomes was: “And I thought Bermuda grass was evil…” I think I got rid of this stuff. A lot of digging was involved.

        Other nuisance plants

        • Toxicodendron radicans (Poison ivy)
          • After a scary case of a systemic urushiol reaction a few years ago (where the inside of my body started to itch in ways I couldn’t scratch), I acquired some glyphosate. I use it, very carefully, only on this foe, and only in places where I ever need to go.
        • Smilax spp. (Greenbriars)
          • Just ouch. They grow up on other plants and stab you when you try to take care of them.
        • Commelina communis (Asiatic dayflower)
        • Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’
          • I planted some of this before I knew better. This is one of those heart breakers, because I love how it covers the ground beneath dark foliaged plants. However, having it in cultivation will block me from ever getting certified as a native or wildlife sanctuary garden.

        Maybe just take a thumb or two

        Perhaps full eradication isn’t needed, but these need to be kept in check with a heavy hand

        • Artemisia absinthium
        • Lunaria annua
        • Persicaria maculosa

        Not plants

        Things previous inhabitants put in or on the earth, left for me to discover in horror

        • The yellow carpet “weed barrier” along the back of the property whose backing has disintegrated, so I have to disentangle hunks of loose plastic carpet fibers from the roots that have grown through
        • The thin blue, thankfully still intact, carpet “weed barrier” along the side of the shed toward the back of the property
        • Other trash I’ve found in the soil, including:
          • broken glass
          • old plastic bread bags
          • screwdriver
          • old point-and-shoot camera
          • nails, screws, bolts, etc.
          • a bra
          • old metal roofing
          • discarded linoleum flooring
          • old tarp, disintegrating