How do I get rid of buckhorn shoots all over?


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  • Kermit Kermit on Mar 22, 2019

    There is a company called ExtractaGator. They make brush pullers. Very well built. But as long as there are fruit-bearing plants nearby, there will be more. The fruit has a strong laxative effect so birds and rodents spread the seeds relatively close to where they were ingested.

    Joe in WI

  • Amanda Amanda on Mar 22, 2019

    Hello. I also have problems with buck thorn and I hate it. The best way I found is to try and dig it up. I have neighbors that have cut it down and then burned the area but I am too nervous to do that. I have also cut it down and then covered the area with black plastic for a few months. It works but some always lives.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Mar 22, 2019

    To remove the whole plant, drill some holes into the main stem and pour some old oil into the holes. It will eventually die back and so will the new shoots and then you can pull the whole thing out. Other than that, just keep nipping off the new shoots.

  • Steven Steven on Mar 23, 2019

    Controlling Buck Thorn is a process that doesn’t go away in one year. First cut down any trees/bushes that are 3/4 or larger at the very base of the plant. Then heavily spray with round up. Smaller plants can be pulled using tool called Uprooter or Root Talon. The berries are the seeds that birds love and spread. Be vigilant! This isn’t a one time eradication.

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    • Kermit Kermit on Mar 23, 2019

      Buckthorn has a slightly waxy leaf. You may want to add a few drops of dish detergent to your herbicide mix. It will not run off the leaves as easily.

      Poison ivy herbicides may be a better bet.

      There may be environmental issues with some herbicides. (R****up)...

  • MGMN MGMN on Mar 23, 2019

    Not sure where you live. Here in Michigan, we have conservation districts that have what they call the Strike Team. The Strike Team will come and eradicate invasive species (Buckthorn, oriental bittersweet, autumn olive, etc...). You may want to contact you local conservation district and inquire about invasive species removal, and dependent on the species it could be free of charge. Get rid of that Buckthorn and good luck.

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