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Invasive plants can take over native species

By ALBERT FLORESNews 4 San AntonioSAN ANTONIO -- There are a group of plants known as invasive species that grow and reproduce rapidly taking over our native species. It's costing the united states $137 billion a year to try and keep them in check.When designing your garden, you should consider using native plant varieties when possible. There are a large number of "invasive species" of plants that are non-native (or alien) to our ecosystem whose introduction to the area has caused economic or environmental harm or even harm to human health. An invasive species grows/reproduces and spreads rapidly, establishing itself over large areas and is very persistent. They can take over ecosystems, and in doing so, decrease biodiversity of our own native plants by threatening their survival. Texas is divided into several what are called "eco regions." We fall into several: South Texas plains, Backland prairies, and Post Oak Savanah.There is a group naturalists call the "dirty dozen for each zone because they are the most common and more destructive they are: Here are the ones that impact the San Antonio area:{} Bastard cabbage, giant reed, johnson grass, Chinese tallow tree - King Ranch bluestem, field bindweed, Bermuda grass, chinaberry tree, redtip photinia, heavenly bamboo, pincushions, Chinese privet. Check out{}TexasInvasives.org so you can make some good decisions when purchasing plants for our gardens. {}{}{}{}{}{} {}

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