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He Kills Buckthorn With Plastic Bags
It took a couple of years and lots of experiments for Matthew Hamilton to refine his buckthorn-killing technique using plastic bags.
  “It works on plants as small as a pinky finger up to 4 in. in diameter,” he says.
  He cuts the buckthorn off and then covers the stump with his patent-pending, 5 mil black plastic bag secured with a zip tie.
  “Fanning out the bottom of the bag stops new sprouts,” he adds.
  He recommends cutting and bagging the buckthorn in spring when it blossoms and leaving the bag on for a year. Then the bags can be reused and placed on another buckthorn stump.
  “We have a 100 percent kill rate with this bag,” Hamilton says.
  In 2014, Hamilton and his parents founded Buckthorn Baggies and started selling packages of 30, 100, 200 and 500 bags with zip ties and instructions. Every 10th bag has a Do Not Remove label that explains what it is, so that people don’t “clean up” and take the bags.
  Interest has grown for his bags since Hamilton started giving presentations to conservation and other groups. Some customers are using the baggies on other invasive plants.
  The young entrepreneur notes that 10 bags are donated to nonprofit organizations for every 100 sold. Prices start at $29.99 (plus $5.99 S&H) for 30 bags.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Matthew J. Hamilton, Buckthorn Baggies, 7282 Newbury Ct., Woodbury, Minn. 55125 (ph 651 738-9774; www.buckthornbaggie.com; buckthornbaggie@yahoo.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4