Ragweed is a native plant that maybe perceived as undesirable on stream banks. It has some benefits such as reducing the effects of direct sunlight on the soil and it likely reduces soil compaction while increasing soil moisture and organic matter. However, when ragweed growth is very dense it may slow down the establishment of other desirable species. In these cases ragweed stems can be bent at the beginning of their flowering stage in the fall. This technique gives other native plants a better chance of growing while maintaining the benefits that ragweed provides to the soil.
Maintenance Schedule (for local groups training by WPD in self-led restoration techniques)
Profile, age range - appropriate for 10+ years old, with adult supervision
Clothes and safety - Closed toed shoes, long sleeved shirt, pants, individuals who are sensitive to allergens should also wear goggles and a mask