Earlier this fall, we discussed how Zone B was the last remaining area on our property yet to be cleared of buckthorn. In December, we brought our crew out, and the work began. We were able to clear this invasive species from our existing woodland area. We will treat the stumps in spring with Triclopyr, but what a difference this made! You can now see existing healthy trees (dotted with some ash yet to be removed), as well as the paths we created years ago that leads through the various zones.
Also in spring, we plan to apply the product C20 mixed with various grasses and perennial seeds to give the forest floor a boost. The seeded area will also provide interest while new trees are becoming established over time.
The ultimate goal here will be to cultivate a healthy coniferous and hardwood forest that can be enjoyed from the woodland paths that run throughout the yard.
Here are a few pictures showing the process. It took our Spring Gardens crew two days to cut, chip and haul away almost a dozen loads of freshly cut buckthorn trees.
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir