Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Good News and Bad About Roses at JW Middle School
By debilitating the once rampant growth of invasive multi-flora rose in NJ's nature preserves, the disease thus far has been of great assistance to land managers seeking to restore native diversity. Stunted growth of invasive species allows natives to better compete for sun and water. Though the disease has unfortunately affected some roses planted by homeowners, as far as I know, the native roses such as the swamp rose have not been affected--a miracle for land managers used to bad news for native species.
Some of the multi-flora rose bushes may in time prove immune to the disease, and spread to once again plague our natural areas. But in the meantime, the disease is doing what no number of land managers could possibly find the time and energy to do.