Rhododendron ponticum, a forest diversity threat

DSCN2426[1]

Rhododendron ponticum management on the Isle of Wight

This pretty evergreen plant invades the lower tier of the forest, stopping any other plants growing because of the dense shade it creates. Useless to birds for nesting, the ponticum is not a source of food for the forest fauna either. It reduces and unbalances the diversity of a forest. Once established, the clearance of this thug is a mammoth job involving cutting the stems at ground level to remove the plant completely. The stumps big enough to be drilled are treated with Ecoplugs (TradeMark) for elimination of the root system by glyphosate.

Ecoplug

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s