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Phragmites | Common Reed (IL)

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From: Leslie Stuba
Newark, IL
Hi I recently purchased 13 acres and have begun trying to remove multiflora roses as well as the bush honeysuckle. Our motto seems to be if we have a lot of it .... it can't be good. We have a creek and neighboring pond that seem to be inunduated with what i think is common reed. Any ideas of how to get rid of it and should I be getting rid of the reed? Thanks Leslie

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Greetings Leslie:

Yes, common reed, or phragmities (Phragmites australis) may prove to be very problematic for some landowners and some ecosystems. Listed below are several excellent resources for the management and control of phragmites:

Best of luck!

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