Practical Phragmites Control

Practical Phragmites Control (BEG)
Robert Williams, Stewart Farm

Phragmites is the common reed plant that has taken over many of our natural areas. It out-competes native plants and creates a monoculture of reeds. It reduces the biodiversity of plants and therefore the biodiversity of animal life. It limits views, limits access to lakes, rivers and canals for recreational purposes, reduces property values and is a fire hazard. This presentation will concentrate on the practical aspects of small scale, cost efficient phragmites control for property owners and volunteer groups. Topics will include treatment options, when to treat, supplies and tools needed, basic herbicide safety, permits, and protecting native plants. Control recommendations are based on Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Natural Resources publications and Bob's experiences in the field. He will share his latest method for 95% control in one season.

Robert Williams, Stewart Farm
Bob has been successful at controlling Phragmites in his restoration of a lakeplain prairie at Stewart Farm, Harsens Island, MI. He is an MSU Extension service volunteer and the founder and webmaster of www.Phragmites.org and www.Phragmites.info. On this topic, Bob has presented dozens of public workshops and in-field trainings.