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Getting rid of common buckthorn

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The recent beautiful fall weekend found me outside, working in my garden and marveling at the view from my hilltop. The maple leaves are brilliant orange and red, and the birches and aspen are golden yellow. Most of the native trees and shrubs found in woodlots, fencerows, windbreaks and forest edges are in the process of losing their leaves. There is one notable exception - the leaves of common buckthorn are still green and clinging to the branches and twigs of the plants.

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