Invasive Plant & Tree Removal Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Invasive Plant Removal Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Invasive Plant & Tree Removal
Clear Lakes Aquatic Leak Control provides invasive plant removal in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. We also handle invasive tree removal as well. It’s an important part of landscaping and wetlands management, as well as lake and pond management. There are many invasive species in South Florida, some are ornamental’s that spread to the wild, but many were introduced to solve a problem – only to create a bigger one!

Three of the most common invasive plants and trees on land include the following:

Australian Pine: Introduced to Florida in the late 1800s, Australian Pine was widely planted along canals, ditches, lakes and coastal shorelines to stabilize the soil and reduce erosion, though later recognized to be shallow-rooted and ill-suited to the purpose. It was also planted for shade and for lumber. It is highly salt-tolerant and can grow even in ocean dunes. With rapid growth, dense shade, dense litter accumulation and other competitive advantages, it displaces and is extremely destructive to native vegetation. Australian pine is listed as a Category I invasive species by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council and as a prohibited aquatic plant and noxious weed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Brazilian Pepper: Introduced to Florida in the 1840s as an ornamental plant, Brazilian Pepper can form dense infestations that shade out and disrupt native vegetation and produces chemicals to deter other flora and fauna.  It is tolerant to a variety of environmental conditions but grows best in moist soil. All parts of this plant produce a sap that is highly allergenic. Brazilian Pepper spreads very fast and can be difficult to eradicate if not handled properly.

Melaleuca: Introduced to Florida as an ornamental in 1906, Melaleuca grows extremely fast, producing dense stands that displace native plants, diminish animal habitat and provide little food for wildlife. It has spread abundantly in pine flatwoods, sawgrass marshes and cypress swamps throughout south Florida. Melaleuca is recognized internationally as a threat to the Florida Everglades.

Three of the most invasive aquatic species include:

Hydrilla: Introduced to Florida trough the aquarium trade in the 1960’s, Hydrilla was first brought to public and scientific attention in the 1970’s. An expanding problem in Florida canals, it is the most serious weed in freshwater waterways, clogging irrigation and flood-control systems and interfering with navigation. It is so aggressive, it can create a monoculture where only it can survive.

Water Hyacinth: Introduced to Florida in 1890, by the late 1950s water hyacinth occupied close to 126,000 acres of Florida’s waterways. It grows at an alarmingly fast rate creating large mats. Water hyacinth may degrade water quality and will alter native plant communities. It is listed as a Category I invasive species by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Water Lettuce: First reported in the St. Johns River around 1928, it originated from the Nile River in Africa, but has been introduced around the world. Water Lettuce can form thick mats that disrupt aquatic plant and animal communities, as well as interfere with water-flow and even boat navigation. A floating aquatic plant, it can move with water-flows forming dense buildups around bottlenecks and obstructions which can effectively stop water-flow and cause flooding or stagnation.