Restoration at Carpenter Farm Park Huntington, NY
2022 Progress Report
Several acres recently discovered at Carpenter Farm Park that are closed to the public, have been invaded by vines, covering trees and shrubs, pulling them down and killing many. The main culprit is the invasive porcelain-berry vine.
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The pictures above are samples of a significant porcelain-berry invasion covering several acres, but the vines are also spreading throughout the rest of the park and in the local community. By contrast, view an advanced infestation here in a Cincinnati, Ohio, park.
Starting July 4, 2022, I hand pulled and cut the vines on average of 4 hours/day, weather permitting. The following photos testify to the benefits of removing porcelain-berry vines, such as the emerging native pokeweed, which will feed birds and other wildlife:
My next step while the soil is damp in late winter and early spring, is to dig out the root crowns along with their lateral roots just beneath the surface. Watch the following video to see how I do it. For another experiment I’ll cover other areas with tarps to determine if depriving light for an extended period of time is enough to kill the roots.
As the open ground warms and the seed bank from years of berries germinates, I’ll pull out the small seedlings (see porcelain-berry removal) to allow the bank of native polkweed seeds to grow.
For more information on removing this vine: Click porcelain-berry removal and read my porcelain-berry invasive article.