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What can I do to promote Maine's native landscape?

  • Avoid disturbing natural areas or clearing land of native plants.
  • Use organic methods, such as compost, composted manure and natural mulches reather than chemical herbicides and pesticides whenever possible. These allow beneficial insects and birds to survive and do their work.
  • Purchase only propagated native plants not those dug from the wild.
  • Control invasive non-native plants in your landscape.

Non-native plants considered most invasive plants in Maine include:

  • Purple loosestrife
  • Japanese barberry
  • Oriental bittersweet
  • Japanese knotweed
  • Smooth and common buckthorn
  • Non-native honeysuckles
  • Garlic mustard
  • Multiflora rose
  • Phragmites
  • The Common Reed