Nature invaders: 3 dangerous weeds to immediately yank

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Tim Pritchard, Green Practices Program Coordinator at Five Rivers MetroParks, talks about three of the most invasive plants found the region and how they impact parks like Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Dandelions are annoying.

Wild onions are a nuisance.

Crabgrass can be a pain.

Tim Pritchard, green practices program coordinator at Five Rivers MetroParks, said those weeds might as well be daisies compared to a collection of ecologically dangerous, non-native plants seen all too common in parks, yards and other area green spaces.

These invasive weeds compete with native plants and all too often win.

Unfortunately it was not too difficult to find them during my recent trip with Pritchard through

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. in Dayton.

MetroPark staff members and volunteers have fought theses invaders found among those native to Ohio’s ecosystem for years.

Watch the video above to learn what these weeds are and why Pritchard says they should be yanked from your garden ASAP.

How to go

Native and wild plants will be sold at the Cox Arboretum Foundation annual sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Organic vegetable plants will be among the items sold at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark MayFair Plant Sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4.

Read: What you can do for Mother Nature on Earth Day