Invasive plants can be mistakenly introduced into natural environments by escaping gardens and backyards. Once planted in a garden, seeds from invasive plants can disperse to nearby forests and woodlots. In addition, improper disposal of garden waste can introduce the roots and seeds of invasive species directly into nature. If the environment is suitable, these plants can become established in the natural landscape, and outcompete native species.
Help prevent the spread and introduction of invasive plants by planting native species in your garden!
Developed by the Ontario Invasive Plant Council, the Grow Me Instead guides identify potentially invasive garden plants and promote suitable alternatives that are either native or non-invasive. You can download copies of the booklets below: