Projects

Giant Reed Control--Various Sites in McHenry, Kane, and Lake Counties

Giant Reed control picture

  • Giant Reed, also known as Phragmites, is an invasive grass that is often seen along roads.
  • Phragmites is tolerant of silt and salt. It has root systems that can grow up to 30 feet in length, rapidly expanding populations and shading out native plant communities.
  • Hand application techniques are used to selectively control giant reed in high ecosystems.
  • Widespread spraying is used where large stands have developed.
  • WATCH OUT! This invasive species is becoming very prevalent in the greater environment.