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Invasive Species Control

There are many invasive species that have found their way into the Southeast, with many of them residing in Alabama. For a full list of there species, please click here
HLM can help control or eradicate many of these invasive species. Below are some of the worst that often cause the highest amount of issues. However, if an invasive species of interest to you is not listed, please still contact us. We probably have knowledge of it, and if we don't, we will research it until we have developed a plan to eradicate the plant, while also protecting the environment and the customers interests. 
It should also be noted that while herbicides are an effective treatment of many invasive plant species, we will try to limit and/or prevent the use of them. When using herbicides, we will use them in effective manners to limit the damage upon the ecosystem. 
This plant is one of the most widely-spread invasive species in Alabama. It is often impossible to control. However, we have several techniques that can achieve eradication and control. Each attack method we have is made for different scenarios, such as timber stands, aquatic areas, and others. Please contact us for an on-site consultation. Some of the methods we use are below: 
  • Light infestations need different treatments. 
    • These can be treated with livestock grazing and prescribed burning. ​
    • Replanting of grasses, or other plant species, to eliminate kudzu regeneration 
  • 10 years old+ Infestations 
    • Often require treatments with herbicides​
      • All herbicide treatment should be applied by experienced personnel who are licensed and trained to do so.
    • Prescribed burning before treatments can expose roots and sensitive areas 
    • Best to spray during late in the growing season to allow herbicide adequate time to seep into the storage root​
  • A mixture of Tordon products will be used in order to treat kudzu when necessary. 
    • For special circumstances, such as herbicide sensitive areas or aquatic regions, different herbicide mixtures will be used. ​
  • Killing roots and crowns of kudzu with mechanical and hand treatment is the most effective and environmentally-friendly way to kill kudzu. If this option is readily available, we will use this method first with machinery to remain efficient. 
Bamboo is invading southern forests at a high rate. This particular species is extremely difficult to contain and often requires large machinery to do so efficiently. Methods we would use can be seen below: 
  • Grind stumps down with a mechanical mulching  attachment or saw 
    • Once stumps are exposed close to the ground, apply appropriate herbicide. ​
    • Persistent treatments are necessary to stop regeneration.
  • Prescribed Burning can eliminate bamboo under certain conditions. 
    • By burning under specific conditions, bamboo can be controlled. However, some conditions can cause harm to yourself and other plant and animal species, which is why it should be done by experienced personnel only who are certified to do so. ​
Chinese privet has found its way into many of our Southeastern forests. It spreads rapidly through birds and other animals that consumes its seeds. There are many methods to controlling Chinese Privet, all with their own benefits and downfalls. 
  • Foliar applications using herbicides can kill privet during certain times of the year. This is not one of the most effective manners but is relatively easy and quick to do. 
    • It is best to do this towards late fall/early winter ​
    • Only will work on trees 6-8 feet tall
  • Mulching and Herbicide
    • By either cutting the privet, or mulching it, the stump will be exposed, allowing for more transportation of herbicide into the root system 
    • Glyphsosate and Triclopyr Ester will be used for this application 
  • Basal Bark Treatment
    • By treating the area that is 12-15 inches from the soil and down with certain herbicides, this gives customers one of the most effective treatments known for Chinese Privet. 
    • Best time of year for this treatment is during the fall 
  • Prescribed Burning 
    • Since privet has thin bark, a prescribed burn with a high residence time during the growing season can often kill or slow down the spread of Chinese Privet ​
    • Under some circumstances, follow-up treatments may be necessary as well. 
While many invasive species may not be listed on here, please contact us for any advice or services pertaining to any and all invasive species. We will research and develop a plan best suited for your needs and the environments needs. 
Also, please fill out the form below so we can have adequate information about your infestation before consultation, saving you money and time. 



Chinese Privet

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