Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The Goldenrod Monster Returns!
This isn't really one plant per-say. There's no massive rhizome in the middle of all this that I know of. Really those are all canes coming up from the root system. They're easy enough to simply pull out of the ground where annoying. Canes that fall in the way of the path can simply be cut, there are plenty of them after all, and allowed to flower from offshoots that form below.
Each year it tries to spread out in farther but I find it easy enough to pull those canes out or stab them with a shovel. People who work on prairie restorations typically don't like goldenrods, that is to say to many of them, because they have a habit of taking over. I'm not sure what effects fire or grazing having on goldenrods but I'm sure something must keep it in check.