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"Effective Methods for Clearing Buckthorn"

Understanding Buckthorn

Buckthorn is a shrub or small tree that can grow up to 25 feet tall. It’s known for its glossy, dark green leaves, and produces black berries in the fall. Buckthorn is an invasive species that poses a significant threat to native plants and wildlife.   It can quickly take over a landscape, overshadowing native plants for resources. 

One method for clearing large areas of buckthorn is with forestry mulching.  Forestry mulching is a land-clearing method that uses a single machine to cut, grind, and clear this invasive vegetation. It’s a highly effective technique for controlling buckthorn. These machines can mow stems up to 6 inches in diameter, leaving behind an expanse of chewed-up stumps and a ground cover of wood chips

Preventing the spread of buckthorn seeds during land clearing involves a combination of careful planning, specific techniques, and ongoing monitoring. Here are some strategies.

Steps to Clear Buckthorn


1. Identify Buckthorn:

Before you begin, make sure you’re dealing with Buckthorn. It has oval, glossy leaves with finely toothed edges, and produces clusters of black berries in the fall.

Picture of buckthorn





The mulch helps the soil retain moisture and important nutrients, which can benefit the growth of native plants.




Remember, while forestry mulching is an effective method for controlling buckthorn, it’s just one part of a comprehensive land management strategy. Regular monitoring and follow-up treatments may be necessary to ensure long-term success.  Staying vigilant and scouting for new seedlings will reduce your long-term workload of removing established buckthornOnce all buckthorn has been removed from your land, plan on walking your property at least once a year to find and remove new buckthorn plants.



Clearing the land of buckthorn can be a challenging task, but with patience and persistence, you can reclaim your land and help native plants thrive. Remember, the key to successful buckthorn control is early detection and consistent management. Let Midwest Land Solutions help you with all your land-clearing needs. Call us today!


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