This is in reference to the Quick 5 questions on Nov. 6, “Be a Weed Warrior at George Owens.”

For 15 or more years I have read articles about eliminating Bush Honeysuckle, Buckthorn (B&B) and other invasive, unwanted plants. I have yet to read about successful removal of B&B from anyplace. I have spent 60 plus years battling nature over what should grow where.

The first principle must be to stop reproduction. November is too late for this year B&B, red and black berries by the millions are being scattered every day by Robins, Cedar Waxwings and other birds where they roost that night. The most efficient use of limited labor would be to cut trails to get into brush areas with the most berries, then break berry laden limbs to the ground. Also get six-foot frailing poles, like cue sticks, to beat berries from high limbs over vines and briar vines.

Birds pick berries off limbs, they won’t scratch for them on the ground! B&B will grow anywhere, but only the bushes that have enough sunlight level will produce lots of berries.

I volunteer in Adair Park JACOMO, 4500 Lee’s Summit Road, it’s at the juncture of two creeks that is part of about 100 acres woodland. It is totally overgrown with B&B with enough berries to reseed all of Missouri.

I recently took a light meter into woodlands, which has full scale of 1 to 21. I started under grove of Red Cedar, low light of 5 to 7, few small B&B with no berries; miscellaneous trees/brush, light 7 to 11 more B&B bushes, few berries, scattered; light 11 to 15, more bushes and more berries; light 15 to 17 open to south and west along trails; bushes thick and 10-foot tall, solid branches full of berries!

If a team, dedicated to one small area, kept berries from ripening for three years (you’ll have to start in August), this would show progress. The sad thing, this woodland area is devoid of wildlife, as it was 20 years ago.

If not for the many trails I have prepared and kept trimmed, people could not walk through the woodland.