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Slender False Brome Management

The Great Lakes Slender False Brome Working Group is working to develop Best Management Practices for slender false brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum). Monitoring and removal studies are currently being implemented at multiple sites within WNY PRISM, to determine effectiveness.

The following management strategies are being implemented for slender false brome control:

  • Manual Removal:  Hand pull small patches when plants are not producing flowers or seed. Make sure to remove the entire plant including the roots. Contain all plant material in landfill-bound trash bags to prevent the further spread of this species.
  • Mechanical Control:  Cut or mow plants in June to prevent seed production for that growing season. This can be repeated for multiple years to exhaust the seed bank. Avoid mowing when plants are flowering and seeding and clean equipment thoroughly to remove plant material and seeds
  • Herbicide Application:  Research has shown slender false brome is susceptible to glyphosate. Herbicide can be applied to the plants during the growing season before flowering and seeding occur. Since slender false brome remains active into the fall, herbicide can be applied later in the season as well.
  • Mechanical + Herbicide:  Mowing can be used before herbicide application to potentially increase effectiveness of management.

Use Pesticide Wisely:  Always read the entire pesticide label carefully and follow all instructions. Before applying any type of herbicide ensure it is approved for use in the target area and that all necessary permits have been obtained.

Spread Prevention

Boot Brush Station placed at trailhead at Letchworth State Park. Photo Credit: WNY PRISM.

Boot Brush Station placed at trailhead at Letchworth State Park. Photo Credit: WNY PRISM.

The cheapest and most effective management strategy for slender false brome is preventing the spread of seeds and the establishment of new populations. This can be done by cleaning hiking gear before and after hitting the trails, keeping tires free of mud and dirt that could contain seeds, and cleaning mowing equipment.

The Great Lakes Slender False Brome Working Group encourages spread prevention efforts by working with partners to install boot brush stations near known infestations of this species. Stations are created in partnership with PlayCleanGo! Signs describe invasive species and the importance of cleaning off footwear and clothing when entering and leaving trails. They also provide a convenient boot brush for cleaning off mud, leaving no excuse not to clean your boots!