RID­DING THE IN­VADERS

Arts and Crafts Homes - - OUTSIDE -

Home­owner Pru Mont­gomery bat­tled weeds for two decades be­fore she heard a lec­ture by Sara Stein, au­thor of Noah’s Gar­den, and re­al­ized that her back­yard har­bored the “10 top wanted” list of botan­i­cal bad guys. With the help of land­scape de­signer Larry Weaner, she set about get­ting rid of nui­sance plants. Rather than wide spray­ing of her­bi­cide, they se­lec­tively tar­geted weeds. They thinned thick- ets of na­tive plants such as spice­bush and vibur­num and re­dis­tributed them so they would not form dark, weed-har­bor­ing ar­eas. Over time, they re­placed the en­tire herba­ceous land­scape. This lit­tle slice of suburbia hosts sev­eral dif­fer­ent ecosys­tems—from the na­tive shrubs in­clud­ing sumac, win­ter­berry, and rhodo­den­dron buffer­ing the street, to the mead­ows on slop­ing land in back.

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