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Prevention For Homeowners

If you are a new property owner or even if you are just renting, there is a lot to learn about what you can do to minimize the spread of invasive plants in your backyard!

Many invasive plants are deceivingly beautiful with brilliant flowers. Some are commonly mistaken and knowingly sold as ornamental species for our gardens. They can escape gardens and have the potential to take over large areas, rapidly outcompete native species and negatively impact local ecosystems. 

These invasive plants can contribute to a decrease in your property value and the landowner is legally responsibility to control designated noxious weeds under the Regional District’s bylaw No. 2065.

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Knotweeds can compromise foundations with their powerful roots.

Here are some steps you can take to prevent or control the spread of invasive plants on your property:

  • Learn to identify invasive plants and report new sightings.

  • Be plantwise! Select non-invasive plants for your garden.

  • Avoid wildflower seed mixtures, unless they are local, native species.

  • Control invasive plants before they go to seed.

  • Clean off your gear and equipment to prevent plant parts and seeds from spreading.

  • Dispose of invasive plants properly! Do not place invasive plants in your compost or yard waste bin.

  • Large volumes of invasive plants should be taken to your local landfill for proper disposal.

  • Re-plant bare soils to prevent new invasive plants from taking over.

  • Share what you know. Inform neighbours.

Resources

Property Owner Guide to Invasive Plants

Property Owner's Guide to Invasive Plants

Learn how you can prevent invasive plant spread on your property.

Invasive plant guide

A Guide to Identifying Invasive Plants and Weeds

Learn how to identify invasive plants and weeds in your region.

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Plantwise Guide

Learn about recommended alternatives for the region's most unwanted horticultural plants. 

Useful Links

For tips on how to identify, prevent, treat and report invasive species, visit Okanagan Invasive Species Online