Week of October 29, 2017

Our Parks Group is always looking for things to help in the community.  Here is an item on Buckthorn they provided me that is pertinent now since it is prime Buckthorn pulling season:

Buckthorn is an invasive species that crowds out our native woodland plants. If you have a wooded property, or if you live near woods, look for buckthorn in the fall. It's easy! Buckthorn leaves will still be glossy green when all other deciduous trees are bare. If you find any on your property, go after the ones that are producing berries first. Pull them out if they're small enough.  You can also cut them down and paint the stumps with glyphosate (Round Up) to kill the roots. If chemicals are not your thing, cover any remaining stump completely
with a black bag or tin can, secure it in place, and let the stump die.

Birds continually eat and disgorge (poop) the Buckthorn seeds, so one's work is never done.  But once you get ahead of the larger plants, it is much easier to stay ahead of the pest...unlike Wild Garlic Mustard, but that is another story altogether.

BTW, the Village has a tree puller for use for any larger (1" diameter or more) plants.