The primary goal of this project is to remove all of the invasive plants growing along four miles of the Mill Creek in Sharonville and Evendale, Ohio . . . and replace the invasive plants with native trees, native flowering shrubs, and pollinator habitat. Of course before we bring in any new plants, we will do all we can to protect and promote any native plants that are found growing there already.
The devastatingly invasive Amur Honeysuckle is the primary target for removal, but we will also remove Ailanthus trees, Autumn Olive, Garlic Mustard, Porcelain Vine, Wintercreeper, and several other invasive plant species that we may encounter.
One of the secondary goals of this project will be to not use any chemicals such as Glyphosate. Long term control of the invasive plants will include a combination of methods including seasonal mowing, stump burn kill, controlled uprooting, and other possible non chemical methods. Read more about these control methods at the bottom of this page.
Where possible, it would be awesome to have one or more sections of trail created. Guided nature and wildlife photography walks along the Mill Creek would be another possible outcome, and could be used as a revenue generator as well.
Clearing all of the invasive plants and replanting with native would help draw significant attention to the entire range of the Mill Creek, and other area waterways as well. This project will serve as a pilot project, and will very likely encourage other projects like it.
- Seasonal Mowing - There are several ways that mowing can be used as a long term control of invasive plants. One of these methods is to come in after the growing season has ended, and mow areas where the large shrubs have been cut down and removed. Spot mowing of only the re-sprouts themselves can be done during the growing season. This could be extremely effective where large pure strands of Amur Honeysuckle have been removed. Research has shown that if the re-sprouts are gut off repeatedly, the plants will eventually die.
Burn Kill - Attempts to kill Amur Honeysuckle utilizing propane torches have proven ineffective. Our plan is to incorporate an insulated burn chamber that will hold the exceptionally high temperatures generated from burning propane (up to 3400 degrees fahrenheit). By holding the heat generated in a well insulated burn chamber, a far more effective kill is possible, in far less time (seconds instead of minutes).
Goats - in areas where pure stands of Amur Honeysuckle are cut down, utilizing goats to control all re-growth could be a viable option.