Falmouth to discuss control of invasive plants

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FALMOUTH — The Conservation Commission will hold an informational meeting on June 28 for anyone interested in learning how to identify and control invasive plant species.

The meeting will be held at the Lunt Auditorium on Lunt Road from 7-8 p.m. The event is part of a comprehensive effort the commission calls “Invasive Free Falmouth.”

Plants like bittersweet, honeysuckle, knotweed, barberry, and multi-flora rose are invasive, but were once widely planted as ornamentals. Left unchecked, they take over many areas, degrade habitats, reduce biodiversity and can increase the chances of getting Lyme disease, according to the commission.

The workshop will teach participants how to identify the invasive plants growing in their yards and neighborhoods, and acquaint them with effective control methods.