CONTROLLING INVASIVE PLANTS:

PHRAGMITES, THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY

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Phragmites, Phragmites australis, the common reed, a non-native invasive bad boy brought here from Europe, is thriving in Michigan because it has no natural enemies to keep it in check. A salt and CO2 loving plant, growing to a height of 10-15 feet, it is aggressively filling in our wetlands, road side ditches and anywhere its rhizomes and seeds take hold. This plant and other non-natives crowd out native plants, harm our native wildlife, reduce biodiversity and lower property values.

The Oakland Phragmites & Invasive Species Phighters are working with the City of the Village of Clarkston and Independence Township to control Phragmites on White Lake Road, Deer Lake Beach and around the shores of Lakeview Cemetery. Almost to the power lines, these phragmites are harming the wetlands and Middle Lake by choking out the cattails, sedges, shrubs, trees, and other native plants which wildlife need for food and shelter. Eighty percent of phragmites’ biomass is underground. The massive rhizome system could eventually clog drainage ways. Left unchecked, the phragmites may eventually obstruct the stream running between

Removing Phragmites:

  1. Reclaims the homeowner’s and community’s views of the wetlands, lakes and natural areas.
  2. Increases recreational value on lakes and water ways, ultimately maximizing individual and community property values.
  3. Restores the food chains and homes of native wildlife and plants.

 Communities nationwide are becoming aware of the dangers and devastation of invasive species and are working together to control them. Addressing invasive plants is like repairing a leaky roof; rapid response is less expensive in the long term. More information on phragmites in Michigan is available from: A Guide to the Control and Management of Invasive Phragmites, from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, MDEQ.   More information on the Oakland Phragmites & Invasive Species Phighters and local efforts to control invasive plants is available from:

Call the Oakland Phrgmites and Invasive Species Phighters for more information about how you can help preserve our wetlands from this alien invader.