A volunteer workday removing invasive privet from the floodplain along Wolf Creek in south Georgia.
The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group. It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you. Snails, fish, insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds and/or flowers. All are worthy additions to the bucket. Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment. Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located.Another day at the Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, another day of sweat and mosquitoes, getting dirty, and a feeling of doing good - knowing we are doing good. There were only 3 of us today but we were armed with new tools - root jacks, aka weed wrenches - tools for pulling these shrubs out of the ground by the roots. And we were after this invasive privet Ligustrum sinense.
Ligustrum spp. is capable of invading natural areas such as floodplain forests and woodlands. The aggressive nature of privets allows for the formation of dense thickets that out compete desirable plants. The amount of seed produced by privet is another mechanism for its prolonged survival. Even though privet is still used in the landscape and available for purchase at garden centers and online distributors, it is an invasive weed and should be treated as such.
More piles below the fold.
As I said, just the 3 of us and while the 2 women maybe were a bit older than me, maybe a bit more dedicated too. There was a lot of bending over work to get the seedlings and suckers. Beth, who has been working here since the preserve first opened in 2010, says it is much improved!
Another pile - I got a kick out of mounding them up. I worried about the next flood pushing them around and covering in soil to regrow but the biologists say they die quickly once pulled.