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Hands in the Soil

Prevention For Landscapers

and Horticulturalists

If you are a landscaper or horticulturalist, there is a lot to learn about what you can do to minimize the spread of invasive plants in your line of work.

People, animals, vehicles, and equipment can inadvertently carry seeds and other reproductive parts of invasive plants. Disturbing soil and existing vegetation during landscaping, construction, and property maintenance can also create conditions for invasive plants to thrive. Once invasive plants move in, they can become sources of seeds that further promote spread.

Prevention practices can greatly reduce the introduction and spread of invasive plants. 

Here are some ways you can help prevent invasive plant spread:

  • Check your shoes, vehicles and equipment for seeds or plant parts

  • Be aware of where you use and store equipment, the cleanliness of tools, and where you park your vehicle (seeds can travel on tires)

  • Use mulch, soil, gravel, fill and plants that are not contaminated with invasive plants

  • Properly dispose of all invasive plant material 

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Photo credit: Diane Ransom

"Many invasive plants are deceivingly beautiful with brilliant flowers. Some are knowingly sold as ornamental species for gardens. It's important to choose plants wisely. Generally, we encourage gardeners to be wary of plants

promoted as fast spreaders or

vigorous self-seeders."


- Lisa Scott, Executive Director of OASISS.


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Landscaping Best Management Practices

Landscaping Best Practices

Learn how you can integrate invasive species prevention into your everyday work.

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A Guide to Identifying Invasive Plants and Weeds

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


Plantwise Guide

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Useful Links

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

To view more publications on best management practices for horticulture, visit the Invasive Species Council of BC

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