The Buckthorn Blaster™ is used to apply herbicide* to freshly cut stumps and stems. Use of indicator dye is highly recommended for visual assurance of complete treatment area coverage as shown in the photo at right. Our Mark-It Blue Dye product is a highly concentrated water soluble landscape dye for use with herbicide.
* Herbicide is NOT included with the Buckthorn Blaster™. Only the herbicide manufacturer may bottle herbicide product.
BUCKTHORN CONTROL SUGGESTIONS
• Stop seed dispersal. Remove berry-producing plants first.
• Avoid removing too much buckthorn too quickly. A rapid increase in sunlight is only beneficial to germination of buckthorn and other non-native plant seeds (i.e. garlic mustard). Native plants need only a small increase in sunlight to rebound and re-establish.
• Leave your buckthorn brush on site to benefit both woodland and wildlife. Place buckthorn logs and brush perpendicular to slopes for erosion control. Using the buckthorn brush to cover areas of bare soil will inhibit germination of buckthorn and other non-native plant seeds. Buckthorn berries in a brush pile fall to the soil but will struggle to germinate without sunlight. Native plants will grow through and around these brush piles.
• Brush piles from buckthorn and other woody plants create an excellent habitat for birds & other wildlife.
• Begin buckthorn control in a limited area that is manageable to you for continuing maintenance and control. Take on new areas as resources permit.