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Buckthorn Busts

  • Date: 11/02/2019 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  
  • Location: Maple Creek Park - Volunteers will be working just south of intersection of Dunkirk Lane N. & 26th Ave. N.

The City of Plymouth is seeking volunteers for five upcoming Buckthorn Busts. Buckthorn Busts are scheduled as follows:

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 at Maple Creek Park - This year, volunteers will be working just south of the intersection of Dunkirk Lane N.  and 26th Ave. N.
  • 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 at Hardenbergh Open Space, 18025 12th Ave. N. 

To participate, email volunteer@plymouthmn.gov or call the city’s volunteer coordinator at 763-509-5230.

About Buckthorn Busts
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, buckthorn is designated as a restricted noxious weed in Minnesota. It's illegal to import, sell or transport common, European, glossy or alder buckthorn in this state. The invasive species chokes out native plants, reproduces rapidly and dominates the area.

Weed wrenches and other tools can be borrowed from the city. Resources needed for busts include gardening gloves, shovels, shears, a hand-held saw and an herbicide. Buckthorn must be pulled by the root to be effectively eradicated from the area. Shovels may be needed to remove larger, well-rooted plants, while gardening sheers may be used to cut the smaller shoots.

If the root remains, it will sprout again. If removal of the root is not feasible, an herbicide, such as Roundup Concentrate Plus with 18-20% glyphosate, can be applied to the freshly cut buckthorn stump to prevent it from growing back. If an herbicide is not applied to the stump, five to eight shoots will grow up around the previously cut area.

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