Biocontrol of Dog-strangling Vine

Does Hypena opulenta prefer DSV grown in the sun or does it thrive better on shade-grown plants? by Sharla Foster, MSc candidate, University of Ottawa and Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Dog-strangling vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum, DSV) has been plaguing Ontario and Quebec for decades. With few effective control strategies practical for use at large scales, the biocontrol [...]

2019-10-07T19:55:21-04:00October 7th, 2019|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Restoring the gully at the FWG

One FWG volunteer is reclaiming a wet meadow from invasive species and planting it with sedges, Swamp Milkweed, Meadowsweet, and other local wetland species.  by Sandy Garland, photos and strategy by Catherine Shearer Bumble bee visiting Comfrey flowers. Photo by Catherine Shearer. Catherine Shearer, who received a volunteer recognition award from the FWG [...]

2018-08-24T18:50:22-04:00June 30th, 2018|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Ontario Invasive Plants Conference

This year's OIPC conference included many field trips that allowed participants to try out tools, such as the green Weeder and orange Extractigator to remove dog-strangling vine and small shrubs. by Lynn Ovenden The Ontario Invasive Plants Council hosted their 10th annual meeting and conference in Ottawa this year. The event began on October 10, 2017 with [...]

2017-10-25T15:13:39-04:00October 21st, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

A Carleton day of service

A team of enthusiastic Carleton students helped turn a field of DSV into a wildflower meadow... by Sandy Garland Just across the canal from the FWG, Carleton University has been a good neighbour to us over the years. Most recently, students have been volunteering at the garden during their annual Carleton Serves day in the [...]

2017-08-16T16:08:34-04:00August 1st, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Tackling the hardest jobs

by Sandy Garland Yes, it's about dog-strangling vine (DSV) again, our major preoccupation at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. We're making a bit of progress in some areas and noting that many native species (like walnut trees, goldenrods, and raspberries) are holding their own or even out-competing DSV. But there are places where DSV is so [...]

2018-01-02T18:57:30-05:00August 7th, 2015|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

More tree planting

by Sandy Garland Although last Tuesday was one of the hottest days of the year, Ted, Kate, Catrina, Melanie, and Mirko all arrived ready to work. We had decided to plant more trees - not the best time of year for this activity, but we needed to get the trees into the ground where they [...]

2018-01-02T18:59:15-05:00August 1st, 2015|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Double header – two volunteer groups in one day

by Sandy Garland Yes, despite the threatened thunderstorms, both the Tuesday group and a crew of people involved in the Learning Garden at Ottawa U came to work in our Old Woodlot the same day. In the afternoon, Derek and Mirko tackled the milkweed field with scythes. Despite the hot, humid weather, they succeeded in [...]

2018-01-02T19:01:57-05:00July 12th, 2015|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Treasure hunting in the Old Woodlot

by Sandy Garland It may be easy to see this young tree, but can you see the other smaller ones in the background? Stakes help. This Tuesday, we took a break from scything DSV and went on a bit of a treasure hunt. Ted pointed out that as he's been weeding he's coming [...]

2018-01-02T19:04:58-05:00June 24th, 2015|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|