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Posted on: May 13, 2015

[ARCHIVED] The Top 5 Uses for Leftover Buckthorn

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Now that you've done all the hard work to remove buckthorn, you may be wondering what to do with all the leftover brush. Here are the top 5 disposal options:

5) Build a fort. OK, not the most practical for everyone, but buckthorn will not spread from cut branches. This opens up your options for use on your property.

4) Haul it away. Your trash vendor should haul away yard waste. Just make sure you are bundling or bagging according to their requirements. You can also drop yard waste off at these locations (often for a modest fee)

3) Use it for erosion control. You have two options here - you can either chip it or bundle it. Chips can be spread in garden beds or around trees; make sure there are no seeds to avoid a buckthorn problem in your garden. Brush bundles make excellent erosion protection on ponds and lakes at the toe of a slope.

2) Burn it. Buckthorn has high BTUs when burning and gives off a pleasant fruity sent. Make sure you follow city requirements for recreational fires

1) Leave it for wildlife. A modest brush pile can make excellent wildlife habitat. Again, you will want to make sure all berries are removed. You also have to consider your neighbors. You are not allowed to create a nuisance on a neighboring property. Make sure you are not impeding a view, drainage, etc.

If you have questions on buckthorn removal, contact Apple Valley Natural Resources at 952-953-2400 or

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