Invasive Weed and Vegetation Control


According to the latest data from the US Fish and Wildlife, invasive species will cost the United States nearly $120 billion in damage to ecosystems each year. The negative consequences of invasive species are far-reaching. Compounding the problem, these harmful invaders spread at astonishing rates. Infestations of invasive plants can negatively affect property values, agricultural productivity, public utility operations, native fisheries, tourism, outdoor recreation, and the overall health of an ecosystem.

Experience & Capabilities

Since the inception of our Invasive / Exotic plant control division in 2003, NaturChem has treated over two million acres of infested state, private and federal lands.

 Whether you are developer responsible for maintaining a mitigation bank, or a land manager of private, State or Federal lands, we have the knowledge, experience, equipment and personnel to tackle small and large projects. Islands, wetlands, hardwood hammocks, pine plantations are just some of the ecosystems we have successfully operated in. Our capabilities include tractor applied broadcast applications, hand-crews utilizing targeted cut-stump, hack-and-squirt and low volume foliar applications.

Where mechanical removal is desired, our fleet of excavators with mulching heads, Gyro Tracs and skid -steers with mulching heads can reduce large infestations to mulch in a cost effective manner.



Control Methods

Depending on the terrain and specific species being targeted, the following applications are commonly used to battle invasive invaders:

Hand Crews: Our hand crews consist of an experienced, licensed supervisor and a crew of 5 to 8 applicators. These crews will typically carry a squirt bottle or backpack sprayer, machete, and at times, a chainsaw.  The hand crew approach is most effective where equipment can’t access an area and infestations are lower than 50% of the treatment area. With the recent introduction of herbicides that have extremely low use-rates, our crews can control large invasive trees with two small hacks into the bark, then squirting 2 ml of product into the pocket formed by the cut. This allows NaturChem to provide excellent control while putting very little chemical into the environment.

In more open areas, where monocultures of species like kudzu or Cogon grass exists, broadcast applications by tractor, UTV or ATV are typically the most cost effective. Multiple boom sections, GPS guidance and precision rate-control allows for accurate, targeted applications.

In situations where biomass of woody invasive species such as Australian Pine and Brazilian Pepper needs to be reduced, NaturChem offers mechanical mulching services. This work is performed by either a Gyro-Trac, excavator with mulching head, or skid steer based mulching head.


Control Methods

Depending on the terrain and specific species being targeted, the following applications are commonly used to battle invasive invaders:

Hand Crews: Our hand crews consist of an experienced, licensed supervisor and a crew of 5 to 8 applicators. These crews will typically carry a squirt bottle or backpack sprayer, machete, and at times, a chainsaw.  The hand crew approach is most effective where equipment can’t access an area and infestations are lower than 50% of the treatment area. With the recent introduction of herbicides that have extremely low use-rates, our crews can control large invasive trees with two small hacks into the bark, then squirting 2 ml of product into the pocket formed by the cut. This allows NaturChem to provide excellent control while putting very little chemical into the environment.

In more open areas, where monocultures of species like kudzu or Cogon grass exists, broadcast applications by tractor, UTV or ATV are typically the most cost effective. Multiple boom sections, GPS guidance and precision rate-control allows for accurate, targeted applications.

In situations where biomass of woody invasive species such as Australian Pine and Brazilian Pepper needs to be reduced, NaturChem offers mechanical mulching services. This work is performed by either a Gyro-Trac, excavator with mulching head, or skid steer based mulching head.

Common Invasive Species

Hundreds of Invasive species are found throughout the Southeast. Our temperate, climate, and lack of competition insects and diseases have allowed these plants to spread unchecked. Below are two excellent resources that provide information about the identification and geographic distribution of these plants.

Resources:
http://www.eddmaps.org/southeast/distribution/
https://www.invasive.org/south/seweeds.cfm