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Barberry Plants Linked to Lyme Disease

Barberry Might Look Pretty but Looks Can Be Deceiving!

The Milford Garden Club's November meeting was yesterday. It was good to see so many members there especially after the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. One of our club members brought in some very interesting information concerning Barberry plants.  Many of you will be needed to do landscaping over again after the storm and picking the right plant can make a huge difference in the reduction of Lyme disease.  Sounds weird right?  But its true.  

Barberry plants are "nurseries" for the tick that causes lyme disease.  The plant is highly invasive and forms a dense canopie in the forest . The environment is cool and moist providing a good spot for ticks to breed and survive.  There is a study connecting the relationship between barberry , the ticks that carry Lyme disease and deer overpopulation. 

So if you want to learn more check out this link and consider carefully what plants you replace your lost shrubs with.  

http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2012/02/controlling-japanese-barberry-helps-stop-spread-of-tick-borne-diseases/

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Kathy Kobishyn November 14, 2012 at 10:17 PM
When considering replacements for shrubs why not get native plants? Better for the local beneficial insects and birds. Check out Van Wilgens, Broken Arrow Nursery and Natureworks for excellent native plants.
Craig Zac November 16, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Arent Barberry plants one of the many that are listed as an invasive species? And there are so many of them around oxford, just in my yard alone we have removed tons of them...them and those &^%$# Burning bush bushes.. Those ones that the leaves get bright red this time of year.. and the branches are weird looking, like "+" shaped... They are just horrible things to let grow on your property. Kathy, Have you tried "Earth Tones" up in Woodbury? http://www.earthtonesnatives.com/latest-news/ We went there in the spring and it was pretty nice, the crew was great and the grounds are really nice and they had a good selection of native planst to choose from.

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