Let's Get Rid Of Olives This Fall!
Help us stop the invasive species "The 'Autumn' Olive"
How the Autumn Olive effects our community
On October 10th, we will be trying to get rid of these invasive plants. And what a time it is, to do it, since we are doing it in the "autumn". Our methods try to remove the plants with as little enviornmental impact as possible. Herbicides are effective in the process but can also kill other plants and maybe even animals if it enters a water supply or into the air, therefore we do not use them in removing invasive plants. The methods include: cutting, digging, lightly pulling and prescribed burning. The seeds will need to be slowly pulled out and disposed, so that more will not grow. Weed removers will be provided. The event is for all ages. Children will be provided with age friendly shovels to dig out the roots. The harder jobs will be done by our own workers and volunteers as well as our CEOs Vazrik and Sam and any of you who would like to volunteer. Prescribed burning will be done only by trained professionals we have hired and they will be wearing fire proof clothing and safety equipment will be provided. All the methods will be done with care and will have very little environmental impact. This will greatly benefit the environment.
The "Autumn" Olive
Thursday, Oct. 10th 2013 at 10am-4:30pm
11300 Bayview Avenue
Richmond Hill, ON
Autumn Olive Shrubs And Fruit
The shrub grows up to 3-4 meters. The ripe fruits look like small red grapes or drupes with a rougher shell with brown dots.
Autumn Olive Scales
The white/silvery scales emerge in early spring and the leaves are 5-10cms long. They turn greener as scales wear off
Your Own Backyard
Autumn Olives are invasive plants that can grow almost anywhere in North America. It is very likely that you will find them in your own backyard. Taking part in our event will help contribute to our mission of helping all of Richmond Hill and the GTA get a healthier garden. Everyone who volunteers, will get a free weed remover and shovel for getting rid of invasive weeds in your backyard.