Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter USDA Blog Feed Watch USDA videos on YouTube Subscribe to receive e-mail updates View USDA Photos on Flickr Subscribe to RSS Feeds

New Guide to Managing Invasive Plants in the South

Cogongrass, a nonnative invasive plant, infesting a southern pine plantation. (photo by Chris Evans, courtesy of Forestry Images)

Cogongrass, a nonnative invasive plant, infesting a southern pine plantation. (photo by Chris Evans, courtesy of Forestry Images)

This post is part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the USDA blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from the USDA’s rich science and research portfolio.

Nonnative plants have hitchhiked their way into flower beds, gardens, and yards of landowners in the South for decades, invading and often harming forests and other natural areas by pushing out native plants and degrading wildlife habitat. These exotic plants often reduce forest productivity, wildlife diversity, and water quality and quantity.

The prevention and management strategies that landowners have been looking for to help control these unwanted resilient plants are now available in A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in Southern Forests recently published by the Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) . The guide provides effective control prescriptions for 56 nonnative plants and plant groups and gives homeowners, gardeners, land managers, and others information needed to achieve land rehabilitation and restoration.

Jim Miller, an emeritus SRS research ecologist based in Auburn, Ala, and one of the foremost authorities on invasive plants in the South, authored the guide with Steven Manning, president of Invasive Plant Control, Inc., and Stephen Enloe, weed management specialist at Auburn University.

You can request a free copy of the guide by sending your name and complete mailing address, along with book title, author, and publication number GTR–SRS–131 to:, or by calling 828–257–4830. The 120-page guide is also available on the SRS Web site at

2 Responses to “New Guide to Managing Invasive Plants in the South”

  1. West Louisiana says:

    How do I fight the Chinese Tallow Trees (Popcorn Trees) when my neighbors lined the backyard in them? I have baby tallow trees coming up everywhere in the yard, cracks in the pavement, and even in potted plants. The mature trees are fine, even pretty when in autumn color, but their babies are coming up in terrible places – worse than the mimosas (Chinese fringe/silk trees) and Chinese Wisteria.

  2. I drop a leave a response each time I especially enjoy a post on a blog or I have something to contribute to the discussion. It is caused by the sincerness displayed in the post I looked at. And after this post USDA Blog » New Guide to Managing Invasive Plants in the South. I was actually excited enough to drop a leave a responsea response :-) I actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s okay. Is it simply me or does it give the impression like some of the responses look like written by brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting on other online sites, I’d like to follow you. Would you make a list all of your community pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

Leave a Reply