RIDDING THE INVADERS
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.