If one is not able to eradicate the plants, then one is looking at a
never-ending cost to "control" the problem. Invariably it will be
considered a lost cause and the spending will be stopped. Why not stop wasting
money now and in the future and cease this ill conceived effort.
Burn that nightmare down! Don't stop! I say organize a whole
ton of Eagle Scout Projects. Let's go after it with everything we've
I am thinking of starting a business called "Rent-a-Goat". I will then
be looking for clients..🤗
Burning will work and it is not harsh on other vegetation because most grasses
will grow back along with shrubs. Fire would need to be controlled.
Then extend the Legacy Highway along the shores of the Great Salt Lake by paving
over them instead of forcing citizens off their properties and ruining good
farmland to build a highway.
They should try using goats. A good sized herd of goats with an effective fence
surrounding the area of reeds and it's worth a try. Them animals eat
Again, we see the result of man's interventions in ecosystems; both
introductions and attempted eradications. Ultimately we have to concede that
our definition of "native" and "non-native" is at best
superficial and at worst preferential. All ecosystems are continually
changing. Wetlands are particularly evolutionary in nature. Phragmite australis
is actually a beautiful plant. Many of the autumn and winter marsh views we all
enjoy are the result of the plums (inflorescence) of this plant. Even P.
australis supports many water fowl and wetland animals. Ultimately, what we
consider native today may not have been native several hundred years ago.
Bending Mother Nature's will to ours is likely not good stewardship.
The phragmites themselves are the fuel. They have already been killed by
chemical treatment; they will burn like dry grass. Look at "Burning
Phragmites" on youtube - lot's of examples of precribed burns.
Burning doesn't work and the amount of fuel to do this would cause other
environmental concerns. But with this said, not sure this will make that big of
a dent. We messed with Mother Nature and Mother Nature is going to teach us a
harsh lesson in all of this.
Wouldn't burning them be simpler and inexpensive?