MATTHEWS – The Matthews Appearance and Tree Advisory Committee is planning several invasive plant removal projects this year, committee chair Debbie Foster told Matthews commissioners Feb. 11.
The committee had an invasive plant removal project last October at Squirrel Lake Park. Kudzu was one of the many invasive plants removed from the park.
“There were literally mountains of invasive plants pulled up,” Foster said.
Foster said an invasive removal project at the new park on Rice Road will be one major project in 2019.
“There is a lot of Wisteria over there,” Foster said. “You have to cut that and immediately spray it with Roundup. We will also go back to Squirrel Lake Park and we may also look at the Greenway in Matthews, as well.”
Foster said using goats for removing invasive plants is an option the committee is considering.
The committee is also updating the invasive plant and native plant ordinances.
“The net result is we have actually increased the number of plants on the list,” Foster said.
The committee may also conduct a native tree sale this year.
The Matthews Appearance and Tree Advisory Committee studies the visual characteristics and needs of Matthews and promotes projects that enhance the town’s character, preserving and beautifying the landscape.
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