Invasives: common buckthorn

Discussion in 'Plants: Conservation' started by Kasimir, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. Kasimir

    Kasimir Member

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    I think I have correctly identified this tree. According to our local conservation authority, common buckthorn is an invasive species originating in Europe and is spread widely by birds that ingest the berries which has an unfortunate laxitive effect on them. I am eliminating it from our property to try to replace it with more friendly varieties. Preferably native trees.

    I have just cut it off at ground level but I suspect that will just make it angry come spring and it will sprout up with a vengence. Any suggestions on how to keep it at bay while I try to nurse seedlings of other trees in its place. I assume I will just be going after it with clippers.
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    If you can dig out the stumps, that will help a lot.
     
  3. Francis Eric

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    This is a tree so Im not sure it will help.
    What about boiling water dumped on the roots.

    ThaT STUFF IS HORRIBLE It is every where on the bike trials
    sad thing is they cut it down after it seeds.
    I've been wondering if grafting a tree that is native on it
    (one in California is in the same species)
     
  4. Francis Eric

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    i HAVE A site with natural weed killers I dought I can find it.
    just looked, but If it is later and I cant find this post I will post it.
    Sombody told me they worked at a park and used to tie belts
    around the truck to kill the tree.

    Walnut husks could work after you boil them I would think.
     

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