This is an illustration from the Winter Issue of Woolgathering. I wrote about the harmful effects of the invasive honeysuckle to cardinals.
This year, we are trying to make a more concerted effort to reduce the honeysuckle population in our woods in order to save the trees and the birds. We are also looking to plant some trees in the voids of fallen oaks and cleared weed trees. It is an overwhelming task to eliminate the honeysuckle and buckthorn, but we feel like we have to try our best. We have heard from a friend who advises using a small amount of poison to prevent regeneration. We have also thought about goats who will surely reduce the unwanted plants but will likely eat the wanted ones. Any suggestions on the best approach to invasive species like honeysuckle and buckthorn?
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.