Spring 2024 Honeysuckle Hack at Brentwood Wetland Arboretum

Hope you can join us for a Honeysuckle Hack at the Brentwood Wetland Arboretum on Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteer Check-in starts at 8:45 a.m.  Parking is available at 3000 S Brentwood Blvd. We will be working along the riparian corridor of Deer Creek removing invasive bush honeysuckle by hand pulling and root docking. 

The root docking approach involves cutting the roots away from the root collar and removing the root collar, trunk and branches of the honeysuckle plant, while leaving the roots in place. Because re-sprouting typically occurs at the root collar, there is little danger of re-sprouting, and no chemicals are needed.  Soil disturbance is minimal, and there are no stumps to trip over.  View this Root Docking Primer video for more info. on this technique, and visit this page.

Spring is the perfect time to remove these invasive plants to decrease competition and allow the native species to fill in and dominate the landscape. Please dress for the weather. Volunteers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes that they do not mind getting dirty.  This is a family friendly event that is open to all ages. 

Things to bring:

  • waiver form (Print out or email in advance) 
  • safety glasses
  • water bottle
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • hat
  • sturdy walking shoes
  • dress in layers

Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Registered participants will be notified through email by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 19th, if cancellation becomes necessary.


Deer Creek logo

The Brentwood Wetland Restoration Project is partially funded by Missouri Department of Conservation, Open Space STL, Great Rivers Greenway, and Forest ReLeaf of Missouri in addition to Missouri Botanical Garden’s Deer Creek Watershed Alliance, via financial support from US EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (subgrant number G22-NPS-09), under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

April 20, 2024 at 9:00am - 12pm
Brentwood Wetland
3000 S Brentwood Blvd
Brentwood, MO 63144
United States
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Stacy Arnold ·
Elizabeth Macheca Ethan Corwin Julia Riebl Brandon Wegge Pam Saberton

Will you come?