The fourth Annual Weed Wrangle-Nashville will be held on Saturday March 3, 2018.
From 9am-12pm, teams of volunteers will locate and uproot invasive plants at over 15 public parks and greenways around the city, including Warner Parks, the Nashville Zoo, and the Cumberland River Greenway.
Invasives, or non-native plants, were introduced here decades ago for agricultural or landscaping purposes. Since then they have threatened to overtake Nashville’s native plant population. According to Steve Manning, President of Invasive Plant Control, Inc. and a consultant to Weed Wrangle, “green is not always good”. Invasive plants and the pests associated with them degrade woodlands, threaten wildlife habitats, increase the risk of wildfire, and drastically alter the appearances of green spaces.
The best way to control alien plants, such a bush honeysuckle, Chinese privet, autumn olive, English ivy, and winter creeper, is hand-on removal in early spring when the plants have begun to sprout. Keeping the aggressive plants at bay requires active annual maintenance. In 2017, over 500 volunteers rooted out unwelcomed plants and shrubs in the greater Nashville area. With building support, Weed Wrangle Nashville expects to clear even more public landscapes of non-indigenous plants.
A wide variety of opportunities are available, even working with the sheep of the Nashville
Chew Crew at Bells Bend Park! Volunteers register through Hands On Nashville and select a site close to their home or close to their heart.
ABOUT WEED WRANGLE:
In 2015, the Garden Club of Nashville, in partnership with the Garden Club of America’s Partners for Plants program, partnered with Invasive Plant Control, Inc. to sponsor the first Weed Wrangle in Warner Parks, a 3200-acre city park composed of woodlands and natural areas including old growth forest.
By 2017, Weed Wrangle had 15 sites in the Nashville area and the Tennessee State Parks had even joined the movement. Inspired by Nashville’s success, Weed Wrangle events have sprung up around the state from Memphis to Knoxville and the effort isn’t stopping there. With help from the Garden Club of America, the grass roots movement that started in Nashville is making a National presence. Weed Wrangle has spread throughout the southeast and all the way to Grant Pass Oregon.