However, some of these plants are not native to the state and can cause problems for the environment. These non-native, or invasive, plants can crowd out native plants, disturb natural ecosystems, and damage infrastructure. In some cases, invasive plants can also cause economic damage. For example, Brazillian pepper trees (Schinus terebinthifolius) are often used as ornamental plants in Florida. However, these trees can produce large amounts of fruit that fall to the ground and rot, creating a slip-and-fall hazard. In addition, the trees can release chemicals that can kill other plants nearby and causes a bad reaction in many people. As a result, Brazillian pepper trees are considered a nuisance species by many Florida landowners.
There are many ways to control invasive plants, but the most effective method is prevention. When you are planting new trees or shrubs, be sure to choose species that are native to Florida. If you are unsure, ask a local nursery or extension office for help. By taking these steps, you can help protect Florida’s natural ecosystems and prevent further damage from invasive species. Need help clearing overgrowth? Give Micco Land Service a call!