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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 3, 2016 3:21 PM CST
I was wondering if using buckthorn is okay as a means of support for pole beans if cut down

I live in zone4 mn I did ask the DNR if its okay too I know digging planting or selling it is illgeal

Note I'm not trying to cause a debate I just want to help control it and get a cheap sorsce of lumber
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jan 3, 2016 8:34 PM CST
Alex, we have a problem with Buckthorn here too -- I have to think it would be likely to root and take over your garden; but I might be thinking of smaller plants than you're talking about, since you mentioned "lumber." Maybe try it cautiously and see what happens?
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Name: Greene
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greene
Jan 4, 2016 7:55 AM CST
Dan Saufferer lives in Minnesota and is helping to eliminate Buckthorn:
http://www.swnewsmedia.com/eden_prairie_news/news/entertainm...

It seems that transporting for the purpose of eliminating plants that you are destroying is not the same as transporting a potted Buckthorn plant home from the store; how does the law read? Is it only live plant material that cannot be transported?

I did some quick research:

There is an effort to eradicate Buckthorn at Birch Island Woods. Maybe you could contact the folks there to get advice. They are near enough to your location that you might consider joining one of the volunteer days to help cut and pull the free material for your projects.

This newsletter (from 2007) contains a link for more information:
http://eminnetonka.com/documents/minnetonkamemo/2007/2007_10...
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A more current newsletter here:
http://eminnetonka.com/documents/minnetonkamemo/2015/March_2...
One article mentions using the cut Buckthorn - volunteers are permitted to take home the cut wood:
"...one advantage for those who’d like to craft something out of wood. Many re-sprouted stems have grown very straight..."

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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jan 4, 2016 1:27 PM CST
"...one advantage for those who’d like to craft something out of wood. Many re-sprouted stems have grown very straight..."

I may have to try eliminating ours by taking up basket weaving!
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 4, 2016 1:59 PM CST
I got a no on the project from my house so I will buy stakes. its probably for the best anyway as its so invasive
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daylilydreams
Jan 4, 2016 3:04 PM CST
Glad to hear you are going to use stakes, as it can be very hard to get rid of a invasive plant. I purchased some tall tepees for climbing plants , they have bamboo poles and a connector for the top.
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greene
Jan 4, 2016 3:23 PM CST
Somewhat off topic...
A friend had cut down a huge maple tree and each year it produced tall, very straight upright branches. The Italian man from next door would harvest these to use as tomato stakes. Non-invasive. Thumbs up
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RickCorey
Jan 5, 2016 1:19 PM CST
greene said:Somewhat off topic...
A friend had cut down a huge maple tree and each year it produced tall, very straight upright branches. The Italian man from next door would harvest these to use as tomato stakes. Non-invasive. Thumbs up


Is that the same as coppicing? Cutting a tree down to a stump, then letting the suckers grow back?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coppicing

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