Continuing an Equestrian Legacy Community Bulletin Board General Discussion Greenspace Management — managing weeds, improving habitat Reply To: Greenspace Management — managing weeds, improving habitat

Karla Lauritsen

At our first Wine and Weed Walk, Susan Tweit enchanted us with her environmental restoration stories. Susan urged us to support the beneficial dryland plants found at the Stable. She explained how to manage invasive weeds that don’t play well with the local flora and fauna, through handgrazing equines on weeds, plus handpulling when appropriate. These techniques, in conjunction with ECIA maintenance efforts, can deplete weed seeds in the soil. Weeded areas should then be reseeded with native plants, to create a more resilient greenspace during extended drought. Try this: experience deeper interspecies bonds while hand-grazing your equine. Plus your equines enjoy eating weeds.