City treating Phragmites stands
Common reed causes issues for wetlands, potentially present a fire hazard
The City will soon be taking steps to get c
ommon reed (Phragmites astralis) under control. Phragmites is a large grass that typically grows in wet areas and can be a nuisance, block views and potentially present a fire hazard. It also can completely takeover wetlands and remove many of the natural benefits they provide.
In an effort to control the problem the City will be treating Phragmites stands with a herbicide that is safe to humans and wildlife. The City is taking on this project to preserve our views, wetlands, drain ways and property values.
Only stands in the City and Road Commission for Oakland County right-of-way, parks and City-managed detention ponds will be treated. This will occur in late August through September. Follow up treatments will occur over the next two years to be sure the stands are eradicated.
Residents also are encouraged to kill the Phragmites on their own properties/open spaces so it will not spread back to the areas the City is treating. For more information about Phragmites, contact Landscape Architect Rick Meader at