Steer clear of exotic invasives at garden centers

I know some of you may be wondering why I would imply that a garden center would sell a plant that may be on some of the “most wanted invasives” lists because they hurt native vegetation and tend to run rampant. However, if you’ve ever seen mimosa trees, you know they have pretty, feathery pink flowers, and many homeowners love them. Privet is often sold to create a hedge (and boy, does it ever), and many invasive flowers are fast-spreading and showy, two qualities that customers are looking for in a front-yard planting.

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Great weekend for planting, but learn what you’re getting

Often the plants that are the cheapest at the garden store are not always the easiest to maintain. According to the Wilmington Star, some residents in Wilmington are seeking an ordinance to prevent the planting of running bamboo, an attractive plant sold at garden stores. In the right conditions and not properly pruned, the plant can spill over into other yards, as a homeowner at Carolina Beach discovered after she returned from a long assignment out of town.

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