A patch of Phragmites Common Reed Grass under some willow trees has been mowed down because it is considered an invasive species by NYDEC
Wikipedia states –
Phragmites out-competes native vegetation and lowers the local plant biodiversity. Phragmites forms dense thickets of vegetation that is unsuitable habitat for native fauna. Phragmites displaces native plants species such as wild rice, cattails, and native wetland orchids. Phragmites has a high above ground biomass that blocks light to other plants allowing areas to turn into Phragmites monoculture very quickly. Decomposing Phragmites increases the rate of marsh accretion more rapidly than would occur with native marsh vegetation. Phragmites out-competes native vegetation and lowers the local plant biodiversity. Phragmites forms dense thickets of vegetation that is unsuitable habitat for native fauna.
New York City Parks say this about Phragmites – The plants are capable of living anywhere that stagnant or slow moving fresh water is found, including vacant lots, ditches, and along roadways, as well as in marshes and wetlands. Phragmites will take over any area where the soil has been disturbed. This aggressive reed out-competes any pre-existing vegetation, leading to thick, choking stands that can grow to 15 feet in height.
Fortunately, the Oxbow Trail only has one patch of the plant, but growing among a stand of willow saplings. In this photo cutting them down with a weed trimmer has begun.
To enable the area to be mowed in the future, some smaller saplings have been thinned out to accommodate the mower.