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How to combat invasive species in Austin

Help preserve local ecosystems in your own backyard

A close-up of Japanese honeysuckle, which has small white flowers on it.

Japanese honeysuckle is one of the Top 24 most invasive species in the Austin area.

Photo via NY State IPM Program at Cornell University from New York, USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In addition to reducing plastic waste and shopping for locally sourced food, in a recent survey our readers told us they wanted to learn more about fighting invasive plant species in Austin.

While we’re not experts, we can point you in the right direction for resources that could help you make a difference and preserve our native ecosystems.

Let’s start with what’s growing in your own backyard. The landscaping trade is responsible for several of the most invasive species in Central Texas. Check with your local garden store to make sure the shrubs, trees, or flowers you’re putting in your backyard aren’t dangerous for local plant life.

To get you started, here’s a list of the Top 24 invasive plants in the Austin area, which includes:

  • Japanese honeysuckle
  • Chinaberry tree
  • Golden bamboo

If you want to help outside of the confines of your own backyard, sign up here to volunteer with the city’s Adopt-a-Creek program.

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