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Grab Your Crew and Fight These 18-Foot-Tall Monster Weeds at Prospect Park

by , 08/14/14

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Giant monster weeds have invaded Prospect Park, and now the popular green space is looking for brave volunteers to help fight the infestation. The invasive plants, called phragmites, can grow up to 18 feet tall, and have been a bane on the park for years now, blocking beautiful views of its only lake.


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In order to vanquish the weeds, the Prospect Park Alliance has launched a new campaign called Fight the Phrag. They’re asking able-bodied people to sign up for their Weekend Woodland Corps on August 16th and 23rd to help stop the nuisance in its tracks.

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Volunteers should be ready to get dirty. PPA will hook you up with rubber waders so that you can venture into the phrag and flatten it down using a plywood plank. Once all of the weeds have been flattened, the plan is to then cover them with a heavy tarp, which will stay in place for a year so that no light can reach them. After the phragmites die out, the Alliance hopes to plant native plants in their place so that the local habitat can thrive there once again.

Interested in fighting the good phrag fight? Sign up here (remember to select either August 16th or 23rd).

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2 Comments

  1. Kathie Weiss-Lefebvre August 8, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Looks like swamp Triffids versus weed-whackers! Wish I could help with the de-phrag-ing. Question: won\\\’t the tarp kill all other plants and animals under it? Would on-site assisted (accelerated) composting be helpful here? Is there no indigenous organism that eats phragmites?

  2. Maggie Crooks August 7, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I;d never heard of them. Glad you’ve got a group willing to fight something like that. Reminds me of “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.” LOL