Not all plants are good in your garden. This means you cannot just purchase those plants and plant them in your area. Some plants can be damaging to your surroundings, while others need to be kept in check by natural controls. I just know these things from the landscaping experts near me.

With gardening season in full swing, you may be eyeing on your flowerbeds and thinking that this is the year to try something new. But while some plants have attractive qualities for the lazy gardener, you’re going to want to stop yourself.

Invasive plant species can damage the ecosystem by pushing out native plants and destroying food sources for local wildlife. Also, without constant pruning, plants can take over a yard, leaving it looking less lush and more abandoned.

Here are 5 plants that you should definitely avoid.

1.   Kudzu

A creeping vine and ground cover that’s native to Japan, Kudzu, hasn’t always been seen as a pest. It was brought to the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876 where it debuted as an ornamental vine, perfect for adding shade to gardens. In the 30’s and 40’s, the government even paid farmers to plant it to help manage soil erosion.

It wasn’t much longer before everyone recognized kudzu for what it was: a nuisance. Under the right circumstances, it can grow up to a foot a day, smother trees and cover man-made structures.

2.   Bamboo

A bamboo makes a great renewable source of wood. While some clumping varieties spread slowly enough to stay manageable, others run wild.

Golden bamboo is one of the worst. In 1882, it was brought to Alabama from China to help with privacy. Since then, it’s taken over the Southeast, destroying habitats from Maryland to as distant as Oregon.  It spreads fast, grows as high as 40 feet, and offers almost zero benefit for native plants and wildlife. If you want bamboo in your yard, do your research first and select a safer variety.

3.   English Ivy

English Ivy is not something you want in your yard. It has been popular in the past because of its attractive leaves and tolerance for shade. However, English ivy spreads fast along yards and forest floors, choking out native plants.  If you are willing to prune regularly, then better find a less vigorous variety.

4.   Purple Loosestrifelt

With its pretty pink and purple flowers, Purple LoosestrifeIt’s easy to be fooled. However, this wetland-loving perennial grows fast growing that several states prohibit its purchase and sale. The government even approved the use of several beetle species to help control it.

5.   Butterfly BushButterfly bushes are popular for their colourful, pretty flowers and its attract butterflies. But just like most of the plants on this list, they spread fast and contribute little to the ecosystem. Surprisingly, it’s not even good for butterflies. Though they produce nectar, they don’t support butterflies in any other way, and crowd out the plants that do. If butterflies are what you’re after, try joe-pye weed or butterfly weed.