Having invasives on your property can be a huge problem. Not only are they harmful to the environment, some can damage foundations and driveways – and in some cases can pose a serious human safety risk. Several species are also considered “noxious weeds” meaning they are legislated by the provincial government and you are legally required to remove them if you have them on your property. Check out the handy list of provincially regulated noxious weeds at the Invasive Species Council of BC’s website.
Many invasive plants like ivy, holly and scotch broom, can be safely and effectively controlled manually and can be tackled on your own – remember, invasive species must be disposed of by taking them to the North Vancouver Transfer Station, not by placing them curbside for pickup.
Check out specific invasive plant species photos and information as well as the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council’s priority plants list for our region, to learn more about appropriate management techniques and considerations for each species. Please note that some species, such as knotweed species and giant hogweed, require special care or herbicide treatments and it is recommended that you hire a trained professional to remove them.
Contact the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council for site and species-specific recommendations and contracting options, or Download this Metro Vancouver Invasive Species Council flyer for tips on hiring a qualified contractor to take care of your invasives.