In gardens (small, designed spaces) you will need to hand weed, just as you would in any perennial garden. Your plants will want to migrate around, as will weeds, and invading trees and shrubs. Hand weeding will be necessary to maintain the integrity of the design. Herbicides must be used with extreme care or eliminated altogether; however the use of a controlled burn is always a possibility.
For larger plantings where native plants go beyond design function and become a part of the total dynamic landscape, management is usually focused on two activities:
For sites larger than 2-3 acres it is generally recommended that a simple management schedule be developed to define suggested procedures and the timing for each. Overall, it is essential that landowners check their sites several times a year, develop management strategies based on existing conditions and take the necessary action to get the best results possible.
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