Bye Bye Buckthorn

May 5th, 2014 Posted in Cover Story

One of the challenges the Nature Trail faces is buckthorn, a tree that is highly invasive.  It crowds out native plants and out-competes them for nutrients, light and moisture.  It degrades wildlife habitat and forms an impenetrable layer of vegetation.

With much assistance, large areas of buckthorn have been cut and the area replanted with native oak, maple and poplar trees (thirty in all).  Students have helped by securing landscaping fabric over the cut ends.  Hopefully, covering the cut ends will stop it from re-sprouting.

Buckthorn is a common problem in many areas.  For information on buckthorn, click on this brochure link.

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