Root Docking Training Workshop

Woodland cleared of bush honeysuckle by root docking
Woodland cleared by Root Docking

Professionals are invited to participate in a 4-hour hands-on training workshop on Root Docking, a manual approach to bush honeysuckle removal. Professionals representing municipalities, non-profits or agencies will each depart the workshop with one free pair of loppers, one rogue hoe, and one cutter mattock following the workshop. These three tools combined are valued at $192.

Professionals representing landscaping or related firms may depart the workshop with up to one of these tools while supplies last. 

Professionals please reserve your place in this free training workshop by signing up below.   At this time there are no more available workshop slots for private landowners.  Private landowners are encouraged to sign up for the March 7 Honeysuckle Sweep instead.

Workshop facilitator Jay Doty brandishes rogue hoe and cutter mattock
Workshop Facilitator Jay Doty brandishes Rogue Hoe and Cutter Mattock

The root docking approach involves cutting the roots away from the crown and removing the crown, trunk and branches of the plant, while leaving the roots in place. This approach has the following advantages and benefits over other methods:

  • There are no tree stumps left behind for children or adults to trip over.
  • The roots are left in the soil, allowing for minimal soil disturbance.
  • There is no danger of or possibility of stumps re-sprouting. Re-sprouting takes place from the crown, which is removed. Less follow up, therefore, is required, than with some other methods.
  • With the appropriate tools, even the very largest honeysuckle plants can be removed using this method.
  • This manual approach is low impact and does not cause soil compaction compared to when heavy machinery is brought in to remove honeysuckle.
  • This manual approach is low impact compared to a chemical approach, which requires careful training of volunteers in the handling of chemicals, as well as unknown risks regarding impacts on people, plants, or soil.
  • Chemicals require especially careful handling around water so that they don’t harm wildlife or non-targeted species. It has been documented that herbicides can harm some aquatic plants. Bush honeysuckle, in the Greater St. Louis region, is typically found along creek banks and riparian corridors. The root docking approach ensures the protection of water quality.
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March 13, 2020 at 1pm - 5pm
Shady Creek Nature Sanctuary
Webster Groves, Missouri
United States
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Paula Strehl Rachel Bartels Gail Raskin richard schweitzer Melanie Knocke Elena Vega Natasha Karsk Sarah Warren Robert Merriman Jim Neill Mary Beth Ogle Michael Smith Mary Glauber Val Schweickhardt Joshua Wilmsmeyer Janelle Stefanic Nancy Tharpe Mandy Yeager Alan Redszus Christine Garhart Linda Vogt John Mehuys Lea Langdon Elizabeth Shockley Jacob Kaiser Tom Fasl Vaughn Meister Mark Halpin Evelyn Tullos Jeanne Bauer Laura Yates Kristen Mertz Michael Wohlstadter Mary Harris Geni Metzger Karen Burns Michael Zeloski Keith Dudley Cory Knoblauch Tom Schweiss Daniel Moehlenpah Carol Fleming Michael Meredith Anne Lewis Nancy Nafe Mary Culler Pat Schneider Alice Tucker

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