The key to controlling invasive species is early detection and swift action on the part of landowners. If you’ve ever wrestled thorny weeds in your flower bed or garden at home, you know it’s important to eradicate unwanted weeds before they can choke out the good plants. For landowners who manage property for wildlife, ridding areas of unwanted plants and shrubs is extra important because invasives can choke out trees and shrubs that would otherwise produce needed food and cover for wildlife. Outdoor News‘ Tim Eisele says now is the time to control invasive species.

buckthorn(1) Photo by Tim Eisele, The Outdoor News

Once the leaves have fallen and trees become dormant is a great time to work in the woodlands.

This is also a good time to work on invasive species, such as buckthorn and honeysuckle that often keep their leaves long after most other shrubs and trees have dropped leaves. While walking the woods keep your eye open for those low lying shrubs that have green leaves, with a good chance they are buckthorn or honeysuckle.

Once they are found, these two invaders can be “controlled” by pulling them up by the roots, cutting the stalk and then stump treating the newly cut surface with herbicide, or spraying the green (still growing) leaves with an appropriate herbicide.

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Photos: xnyhpx, Creative Commons (top); Tim Eisele (above)

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Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.