March 12, 2019

This time lapse video shows how buckthorn has almost entirely taken over this section of woods! The only native woody species still hanging on were chokecherry, black cherry, hawthorn, cedar, and red oak, but they were few and far between. It will be super exciting to...

February 21, 2019

Winter is in full swing, and many people do not think of their trees during the cold months when everything looks relatively lifeless outdoors. 

Actually, the winter dormant season is the best time of year to be doing some maintenance on your property, including tree pr...

August 1, 2018

Around the beginning of August each year, invasive European or "common" buckthorn (rhamnus cathartica) berries begin to ripen. As seen in these photos, the females produce dense clusters of fruit, which change from green to purplish black. Once the drupes are ripe, the...

June 26, 2018

Garlic mustard (alliaria petiolata) is a harmless-looking menace that silently takes over the forest floor, much like buckthorn bullies the sub-canopy tier of the woods. In the spring to early summer, garlic mustard is flowering and developing seeds to spread before it...

April 17, 2018

Although the first day of spring has come and gone, and there is no visual evidence of winter ebbing, now is an important time for controlling buckthorn.

 Take out the mother aliens before the berries push off and multiply the problem!

April 16, 2018

Die Hard. 

If buckthorn is cut, but not treated, it sprouts multiple new shoots, which make it even harder to kill! 

This is just one of buckthorn's many amazing survival tricks that make it such a pest. 

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April 16, 2018

The logo design is not obvious to most people, although some notice the shape of the hoof print and thorn. 

I have learned to identify buckthorn by its buds in winter, and the shape reveals the supposed origin of its common name. Often, but not all of the buds on the ti...

February 20, 2018

We are in the thick of winter, which is an opportunity to remove buckthorn without the risk of trampling your desirable herbaceous plants, or compacting your soil! Buckthorn is easy to identify in the winter, especially the ones with berries, and it is easier to drag t...

February 20, 2018

If you think you might have any buckthorn lurking on your lot, send us some snaps of your suspicious species!

Make sure to take clear photos including a wide shot (showing the whole plant, and where it is growing) and close-ups of leaves, flowers, berries, twigs, b...

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