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Battle buckthorn this fall

Common and glossy buckthorn are two invasive shrubs that were first brought from Europe as a hedging material. Lacking any of the animals, insects and diseases that kept the plant in check in its native range in Europe, buckthorn can grow undisturbed and take over our woods, parks and yards. 

Buckthorn is a problem because it crowds out native plants and endangers pollinators by limiting their habitat. If you have buckthorn in your yard, fall or winter is the best time to remove it. There will be fewer bugs and buckthorn leaves stay green longer than native plants, making it easier to spot. Check with your local garden center or hardware store for recommendations on effective weed killers to use on buckthorn. For more information, call 952-563-8760.