We’ve wrapped up our first Weed Wrangle – but the work is not done.
Invasive plants are all over Tennessee and can most likely be found in your own backyard. Do your part to curb the growth of weeds that negatively impacted our ecosystem and wreak havoc on native plants and animals.
- Weed Wrangle at home. Remove exotic invasives from your landscape. We recommend checking out the Tennessee Exotic Pests Plant Council website for information on controlling some of the state's worst invasive plants.
- Plant native vegetation. Encourage your local nursery to avoid the worst invasives and carry native plant alternatives.
- Educate yourself. If you don’t know what a plant is, don’t put it in your yard. Keep a current list of the exotic pest plants in Tennessee and surrounding states handy for future plant purchases.
- Assist invasive species removal projects in your area. On February 28, 150 volunteers pulled and yanked invasive plants from a future exhibit space at the Zoo during the first annual Weed Wrangle. The Zoo was one of 10 locations around Nashville participating in the inaugural event.
Common invasive plants in Middle Tennessee
Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)
Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense)
Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)
Winter Creeper (Euonymous fortunei