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Fall is a Fine Time to Fight Invasive Brush in Your Yard

Honeysuckle

Fall is the perfect time to fight back nonnative brush that’s invading your yard, spreading seeds and taking valuable habitat away from native plants and wildlife.

By removing unwanted invasive plants in the fall, you're less likely to damage the desirable plants in your yard, as most of them have died off or gone dormant.

Also, the leaves of nonnative trees and shrubs, particularly common culprits like buckthorn and honeysuckle, stay green well into late fall after natives have dropped their leaves. This can help you identify the nonnative brush more easily in your landscape.

Control Options
If the ground is moist, you can dig out or pull small to medium-sized plants – the most effective method of control.

Brush that’s larger and more established will need to be cut and removed. Cut the stem about 2 inches above the ground and applying a brush-specific herbicide, like Brush-B-Gone, to the cut surface and stem collar. Be sure to read the herbicide label and follow manufacturer’s directions. Because the plant’s sap is flowing down to the roots in fall, the herbicide will be drawn down into the roots, preventing the plant from sprouting new growth next year.

Top 5 Least Wanted Species
Here’s more information about five of our most noxious shrub invaders:

Buckthorn 

Honeysuckle 

Japanese barberry 

Oriental bittersweet 

Multiflora rose 

Buckthorn

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