Project: Buckthorn Removal
Removing this invasive species can be a difficult task, but with the proper methods, together we can beat it!
Eurorean Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) is an invasive species that was brough to America for use as a fantastic hedge. While this plant is very tough and easily shaped, our native plants are being outcompeted by this shade and drough tolerant plant. More buckthorn means less of our native species. While the birds love the fruits of the buckthorne, other insects and animals depend on our native plants as a food source. As our natives are crowded out, the diversity of plants, insects and animals in our native forests is being reduced.
All across the northern half of the country there are major efforts to remove this invasive from our native forests. In many states it is prohibited by law to plant buckthorn in the landscape. In your own backyard, you might have noticed seedlings sprouting up everywhere. Without taking the proper measures, within a few years any landscape with even one mature buckthorn plant can turn into an overgrown buckthorne forest.
If your one who loves the changing of the seasons, and enjoys watching for spring flowers and fall color, than you'll be sure to do your part in removing this invasive species from our landscape. Buckthorn has inconspicuous flowers in the spring and holds it's green leaves into the begining of winter without any fall color. To remove it from the landscape and replace it with our natives will bring much more seasonal interest to the landscape while also being a good steward to the earth.
Earth Care, Inc encourages anyone with buckthorn on their property to do their part in removing this species from our landscape. Because our staff is very familiar with this plant, we can identify and start removing it any time of year. It is actually easier to do this in the winter, the extra weight of the leaves makes it slightly more difficult to remove the trunk and branches. For advice or help in doing your part, please call us.