Control Invasive Plants
The same climate, soil, and topography that created Louisiana’s amazingly diverse plant communities also make it a welcoming habitat for invasive species that are competing with and displacing our natives. Do your best to remove them. Prime woody offenders in the Acadiana region include Chinese Tallow Tree, Chinese Privet, Wax-leaf Ligustrum, Yellow Iris, Japanese Climbing Fern, Japanese Honeysuckle and Water Hyacinth.
Our fragmented landscapes have given an unfair advantage to weedy natives like poison ivy, peppervine and dewberry. Feel free to reduce their advantage by cutting, pulling, weeding and poisoning if necessary. Consult with your local ag extension agent.