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Olive Brush Removal

Olive Brush Removal Services at Timber Works
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Of all tree and landscaping service options, why should olive brush removal be a priority for property owners? How does it differ from integrated vegetation management and brush mulching services? The answers lie in the autumn olive’s environmental impact, ability to spread, and the procedures necessary for its eradication.

What is Olive Brush? What are its Dangers?

The autumn olive tree and autumn olive bush (Elaeagnus umbellata) are invasive species in North America. Brought from Asia during the 19th century, the tree and shrub were popular ornamental plants for landscaping. They also provided erosion control and plentiful fruit. That fruit, which ripens from silvery to red, supported wildlife and supplied people with ingredients for jam.

During the 1950s, the Soil Conservation Service planted autumn olive trees to combat erosion. Yet during the decades between then and now, natural scientists discovered the harmful effects and virility of Elaeagnus umbellata

    • One plant can reach 20 feet high and 30 feet wide—multiple create dense thickets
    • Outcompetes native species and reduces biodiversity
    • Significantly undermine a pasture’s productivity when present
    • Each plant changes the chemistry of the surrounding soil (a process called allelopathy)
    • Attracts birds with its fruit, which then spread the plants across vast areas
    • Can tolerate salinity, extreme pH, and heavy metals (therefore, survives near roadsides, mine spoils, and other postindustrial sites)
    • Can regrow from a cut stem—eradication requires root removal
    • May spread further and faster due to climate change

How Olive Brush Removal Differs from Other Services

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While cutting, burning, and other typical tree and shrub removal measures usually prevent new growths, these steps can help olive trees and bushes spread. The invaders thus require specific removal techniques, which Timber Works Tree Care specialists offer to clients throughout Northern Virginia.

Our team can treat areas with minimal invasion, seedlings, and young-growth plants by simply pulling olive brush out of the ground by their stems. The plants are easy to manage early on, and tree care specialists will recognize their distinctive leaves, roots, and flowers. Bush hogging and grubbing can kill young olive brush if done during spring when the plants’ stored sugars produce new shoots and leaves, though weather and growing conditions can be fickle.

Herbicidal Olive Brush Treatments

Mature autumn olive trees and shrubs require herbicidal treatment, particularly those that cannot be uprooted. As with bush hogging and cutting, herbicides require specific timing, necessitating professional application. Yet systemic chemicals (which circulate the plant) work well in late spring, while other mixtures require summertime treatment. Checking for olive brush growth can become part of your spring tree care checklist.

Several herbicide applications during successive seasons are sometimes necessary to wipe out olive brush thickets. Yet careful application by an expert team can wear down the invasive plant and allow you to reclaim that property for trees and shrubs to coexist without killing other plants. Moreover, they can do routine checks for new growth every year—birds can spread seeds, which enables olive brush to return after clearing.

Effective Olive Brush Removal Services in Northern Virginia

Repelling autumn olive tree and shrub growth from your property entails vigilance and professional treatment. Therefore, schedule olive brush removal through Timber Works Tree Care to ensure positive results!

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