Category Archives: Buckthorn Control

Buckthorn Workshop in Faribault at RBNC on 4-1-14

For anyone in SE Minnesota interested in control of buckthorn and other non-native plants plan on joining me at River Bend Nature Center in Faribault on the evening of April 1, 2014 for their Lectures in Nature series. I will be … Continue reading

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Best method to deal with the berries of non-native invasive buckthorn?

In many old-growth buckthorn infestations, buckthorn berries have been dropping for years creating a significant seed bank that will germinate like crazy when the buckthorn canopy is removed and sunlight reaches the woodland understory (see NOTE below). Trying to haul … Continue reading

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Don’t Know – Don’t Plant! How Non-Native Invasive Plants Spread

Years ago my dear sister shared a plant with me that she uprooted her garden. “I don’t know what it is but it’s really pretty when the purple flowers bloom along the stalk”.  So I planted the specimen in my … Continue reading

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Another Good Reason to Get Rid of Buckthorn – Maple Syrup

This is the final outcome of our 2013 maple sap harvest: Being able to harvest maple syrup is another good reason to control buckthorn in an oak-maple-basswood forest.

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Buckthorn Blasters Products for Sale in Plymouth, MN

The City of Plymouth (MN) is holding their annual Yard & Garden Expo this weekend, April 12 – 13, 2013. This is a really fun event with something for everyone. Get more details at their web site link: http://www.plymouthmn.gov/index.aspx?page=542&recordid=1702 Be … Continue reading

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Black Knot Fungus Looks Like a Burned Marshmallow on a Twig

While walking through a woodland, have you ever noticed the occasional black stuff on twigs that resembles burned marshmallows? A fellow master naturalist suggested the black stuff looks like scat on a stick.  The black stuff is neither of these but rather a … Continue reading

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Buckthorn Removal in Minnesota

It seems to me that many folks removing buckthorn are not aware of how to effectively and economically apply herbicide. Often with the cut-stump method, the entire stump is painted or sprayed with herbicide when only buckthorn’s cambium layer is affected … Continue reading

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Buckthorn Replacement & Ground Cover

The fall colors of many native woodland plants are beginning to peak and native woodbine and Virginia creeper are no exception. It may be fun to compare their fall color in the photos below to photos taken earlier this season in our 6-27-12 blog … Continue reading

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How to Identify Buckthorn in Your Woodland

The cooler temperatures of fall make it a great season to work on removing buckthorn. Many of our native trees and shrubs change leaf color and begin dropping their leaves in fall. This provides the buckthorn novice with better odds … Continue reading

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WHAT’S THAT PLANT IN MY WOODLAND

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) and Woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea) are two almost identical native species of woody vine. For the sake of simplicity  “Virginia Creeper” refers to either/both plant species in this article. Virginia creeper (Copyright 2012 Landscape Restoration, Inc.) Virginia … Continue reading

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