Invasive plants have been a hot topic in Burleson Heights and Burleson-Parker lately, and episode #2024 of “Texas Parks and Wildlife” features a long segment on efforts to remove invasives in state and local parks across the state.
Most of the segment was filmed in the Shoal Creek greenbelt in Central Austin, where volunteers worked with the Austin Parks Foundation to remove ligustrum. You can watch the episode to see what a little collaboration can accomplish, and get a sense of the kinds of tools and methods can help remove invasives.
Like many invasive plants, ligustrum was introduced as a landscape plant and has escaped into natural areas, crowding out the native plants that provide food and shelter for wildlife. Ligustrum has varieties with common names like Japanese privet or Chinese privet. It has choked greenbelts, empty lots, creek banks and parks in our part of Southeast Austin.
Many invasive species are still sold in retail nurseries, but they can spread from your yard to the wildernes in numerous ways. We can all do out part to avoid damage to the land and the natural balance of plants and animals by not planting invasives, asking nurseries not to sell them, and working individually and together to remove them on public and private property.
The episode will air again several times in the coming weeks on KLRU and KLRU Q. See the production schedule for episode #2024 of “Texas Parks and Wildlife,” part of an excellent weekly television series that is produced only 2 1/2 miles from our neighborhood at the TPWD headquarters, 4200 Smith School Road.
Learn more about invasive plants and animals in Texas and what you can do to help at www.texasinvasives.org.