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Posted: Monday, 24 March 2014 10:50PM

St. Joseph Gearing Up To Possibly Battle Nasty Invasive Plant

The city of St. Joseph could be girding up to go to war with an invasive plant that is taking over the ravine from Kiwanis Park to Cleveland Avenue. Randy Counterman of Native Landscapes was hired by the city to look into how widespread the problem is from a plant called Japanese Knotweed. He reported back to the City Commission Monday night, and had been expecting small patches of the weed in the ravine.


Counterman also looked outside of the city limits and found knotweed in Benton Harbor around the M-TEC Center, on the island, and near the Berrien County Jail. In total, he found 173 patches of the invasive weeds, and told the city commission that a rough estimate would be around $178,000 to get rid of it in the city without planting anything in its place. Counterman added eradicating the plant will take about four years. City Manager Richard Lewis says federal grants are available, and he thinks the state might also have some money set aside.


Japanese Knotweed can reach up to 15 feet tall and is easily visible as you drive by it.


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