Butterfly bush, an invasive species, growing on the side of the road.

Remove Invasive Plants

Invasive plants escape from our yards and crowd out important native plants in natural areas. Pollinator friendly habitat does not contain these plants.

Japanese barberry invades a Pennsylvania forest

For certification, you will need to:

  • Avoid acquiring invasive ornamental plants
  • Develop a plan to actively remove and/or avoid use of invasive plants

Image: Japanese barberry invades a Pennsylvania forest

What is an invasive plant?

According to the National Invasive Species Information Center, an invasive species is a non-native species whose introduction does, or is likely to, cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

What can you do?

  • Avoid buying and planting invasive plants in your landscape. Be selective and research your plants prior to purchasing them to ensure you select native and/or non-invasive plants for your landscape.
  • Identify existing invasive plants on your property and initiate a plan to remove them. If you have a woodlot or meadow on your property, remove any invasive plants and protect existing populations of native plants.
  • Where invasive plants are removed, replant with native plants or seed in native plants as soon as possible.