The Landscape Construction Industry has an important role to play in the adoption of the key messages of Grow Me Instead. The establishment of the national Grow Me Instead website provides information on invasive plants and their non-invasive alternatives for all Australian states and territories. The main aim of Grow Me Instead is to facilitate cultural change amongst the industry and gardening public. The GMI guides and this website provide an excellent starting point by identifying a range of plants that are common in urban landscapes yet considered invasive. By providing a number of superior alternative plants we encourage people to think before selecting plants and to choose the non-invasive option.
Landscape Contractors are encouraged to play their part in promoting the key messages of Grow Me Instead. Often the Landscape Contractor is the only industry professional who has personal contact with the end user. It is important that the opportunity is not missed to assist with appropriate non-invasive plant choice. Occasionally you may be operating from a landscape plan that calls for a species that is considered invasive in the area you are working. Use the GMI guides and website to promote a non-invasive alternative.
When selecting plants, there is always a non-invasive option. Let’s embrace this fantastic opportunity to do the right thing by the environment and only promote and use non-invasive plants.