Managing Invasive Species on Your Property
Having invasives on your property can be a huge problem. Not only are they harmful to the environment, but some can also damage foundations and driveways or pose a human safety risk. Several species are also considered “noxious weeds" and are legislated by the provincial government and you are legally required to remove them if you have them on your property.
Many invasive plants can be safely and effectively controlled manually and can be tackled on your own. It is important to know exactly what species you have, as management options are species-specific. If you need help identifying or confirming the species you are dealing with, send a photo to us by e-mail or text and we can do our best to help!
Metro Vancouver has developed locally-sourced and scientifically-based management information for high-priority species in the region. At this website, under "Practitioners" is a series of technical guides with all the information you need to understand and manage your invasive species. Further down on the page under "Residents" are two-page factsheets for each species, designed for homeowners who may need more basic information. At the bottom of the page, the Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Plants - Brochure contains basic information about invasive species and is helpful if you have neighbours, friends, or family who may need information on their invasive species.
Some invaders, such as knotweed species and toxic plants like giant hogweed, require special care or chemical treatments and it is recommended that you hire a trained professional to remove them. The Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver does not provide treatments on residential property. Local governments in Metro Vancouver also do not provide treatments on residential property but may be able to provide support such as a list of contractors that do work within the municipality. Download this flyer for tips on hiring a qualified contractor.
For additional resources, check out the priority plants in our region.