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Getting Rid Of Invasive Species



Just doing exercise has not been a motivator, but I discovered a good workout by finding and getting rid of invasive species. Not only does the exercise help me but the activity helps the environment. For example in the midwest, there are invasive honeysuckle and Russian olive. Whack it, dig it up, haul it off and pitch it. There are plenty of invasives out in nature and lot of places that would appreciate your assistance.

You do need to do your homework to make sure you can recognize the invasives and the best way to get really destroy the roots. By simply cutting them down, the plant can regrow and continue to bear seeds. You also want to be aware of plants like poison sumac, poison ivy, poison oak. Be safe by spraying on bug repellents to avoid ticks and chiggers.

If you don't have any invasive species on your own property, check out parks, arboretums, church property, retreat houses, etc.

For a better workout, choose the more difficult way to get rid of the plant. Digging up the roots is a good way to build muscle and work cardio. Finding the plants is not always easy, so that may include hiking to discover where the plants are. This could also be a good family outing. You can teach your children about caring for the environment.

This can be a springboard for more ideas--like walking and picking up trash along the road. In this activity, you don't have to worry about the bugs as much.

There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction in taking care of God's earth, protecting the environment for the next generation, and taking care of your own health.

Once you get started it is a lot of fun. And when you go back to a site you cleaned, there is such a feeling of pride.

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