Japanese Barberry Trade-up Days
Like many invasive species, Japanese barberry was introduced to the United States as an ornamental. Its hardy nature and red berries made it an attractive addition to landscapes in the late nineteenth century. Unfortunately, those qualities also allow it to spread voraciously beyond garden boundaries and into nearby natural areas. Unappetizing to deer because of its thorny stems, barberry is left unchecked and quickly takes over - pushing out native plant species and severely reducing the amount of wildlife that can live in an area. Additionally, research shows that a barberry's dense foliage creates a perfect, humid climate for blacklegged ticks that carry Lyme disease - a fact that also creates a public health risk.
ISN is giving landowners the opportunity to trade-in Japanese barberry for a coupon good for a non-invasive alternative*. Hosted at the Boardman River Nature Center, Manistee Conservation District, and Grow Benzie, pre-registered individuals can bring in their removed barberry shrubs to be disposed of correctly. In exchange, they will be given a coupon to a local nursery that participates in ISN's Go Beyond Beauty program. This ensures that any replacement plant will be non-invasive and support an array of wildlife! This is a great opportunity to transition your landscape to one that does not threaten nearby natural areas.
Need help with identification? Visit this page to learn more about what barberry looks like and proper management. Also, check out this video created by Nature Change that breaks down WHY barberry is a problem and WHAT you can do to help!
*Each Japanese barberry plant returned will result in the receipt of a $5.00 coupon. A household may receive up to $50.00 in coupons.
For more information or questions, please contact ISN Go Beyond Beauty Specialist, Shelly Stusick - (231)941-0960 x33 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is funded in part by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative & the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.