Removing of Japanese Stiltgrass on Long Island

At A Glance

Removal of Invasive Species

Long Island, NY

Issue: A spot on this client’s backyard was overrun by Japanese Stiltgrass and if removed improperly it would have spread and consumed the rest of the yard.

Solution: Spadefoot manually removed the invasive grass species and planted a natural plant to combat the issue.

The Project Details

The Spadefoot team removed the Japanese Stiltgrass manually before it went to seed, and replaced it predominantly with hay-scented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula).

Every little bit helps. Unbeknownst to the homeowner, this patch of land was colonized by Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum), which is an aggressive invasive annual grass. It is a particularly problematic plant because it is known to invade both disturbed land and intact forests.

A small battlefront will emerge, as we will give the ferns a helping hand by pulling any new stems of the stiltgrass and depleting the seed bank over time. Little battles against invasive species, waged across the backyards of America, will have an enormous positive impact.