Invasive species phragmites taken root in Scugog, Ontario

Already towering more than seven feet high at the start of summer, the densely-packed patch of phragmites swayed in the gentle breeze along a dusty Scugog sideroad.

It’s a relatively new infestation, points out Geoff Carpentier, explaining how the green reeds that have stalks similar to corn have spread along the rural roadside in a short period of time. Still, it’s a tough slog to get through the new growth and to old brown stalks from past seasons that continue to form a tangled mess along the ground.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

All across Scugog — in 177 locations, to be specific — phragmites plants have been spotted and documented this summer; an invasive species that now plagues landscapes across southern Ontario, Durham Region included.


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