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reed canary grass

phalarisarundinacea.
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It's the first comprehensive study of how best to control reed canarygrass in natural areas of the Northwest without seriously disturbing surrounding habitat, Tu said.
The research on the test plots will formally conclude at the end of this year, but preliminary results show that certain combinations - tilling followed by flooding, for instance - repeated over several years are the best ways to combat reed canarygrass, Tu said.
The findings should prove invaluable to public land managers and private property owners who are struggling to head off the constant march of reed canarygrass.
Reed canarygrass, native to Europe, was planted widely in the Pacific Northwest and northern Midwestern states starting in the early 1900s to control erosion and provide pastureland for cattle.
It out-competes all native vegetation, so you don't see anything else out here," Tu said, standing in a dense stand of reed canarygrass jutting over her head.
In addition to crowding out native plants, reed canarygrass can drastically alter the function of an ecosystem, researchers said.
After two consecutive years of such treatments, the reed canarygrass problem appears easily manageable with occasional spot treatments, Messinger said.
But Tu said she expects to continue monitoring the test sites to see how well native plants return to treated areas - and how quickly reed canarygrass reinvades.