By Lydia Holley/Special to HCN
Master Gardener Peter Cole will present “How Invasive Species Affect You” on Tuesday, December 18, 5:30 p.m. at the Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 S. Prairieville, Athens, TX. A part of the Henderson County Master Gardener Association’s ‘Learn at the Library’ series, this presentation is free to the public.
Invasive species in Texas include plants, animals and insects. Cole will identify what makes a species invasive and the impact they have on our lives. Kudzu, emerald ask borer, feral hogs, fire ants and bed bugs are all invasive species. Billboards advise you to “clean, drain and dry” your boat. Do you know why?
Because invasive species crowd out native species, they cause damage to the local environment. While also being a menace internationally, prompting the world-famous UK law on Japanese Knotweed – they have also become a big problem in Texas and many other states. For instance, Melaleuca
Some of these invasive plants are dangerous. Giant hogweed (Heracleum
Invasive species can also damage crops and ornamental plants. Rose growers are aware of the damage
Those are just a few examples of problems with invasive species. Cole will expand upon this important topic. Come learn the consequences of having these species in our environment, and what you can do to help prevent their spread. For more information, call 903-675-6130, email hendersonCMGA@gmail.com, or visit txmg.org/hendersonmg.