Getting rid of an unwanted plant can be a real headache, especially if it’s an invasive species that’s put down some deep roots. The invasive bush or vine can turn into a monster seemingly over night and really mess up your lawn or garden. This was a topic that came up recently on our Community Forums, and that’s where we learned two similar ways to get rid of your invasive plants– one simple, but slow, the other a bit more elaborate, but swift and decisive.
This was all prompted by Apron Blog reader Lana, who had a problem with honeysuckle. She said that the bushes were trying to take over her backyard, and she wasn’t sure how to get rid of it.
One way to handle this–simple, but slow– is to follow the vine back to its starting point and cut the stem off there. Then pour herbicide into the fresh cut, being very careful not to spill any on other plants around it. You’ll have to do the cut and pour thing several times, possibly even over more than one growing season, before you’ve eradicated the honeysuckle or other invasive plant. But you’ll eventually prevail against the pesky plant that’s taking over your garden.
But Forums associate CoachDave described a way to get the job done once and for all in one go. It’s a little more complicated than what we just described, but this works in a few days, and it doesn’t harm the surrounding plants.
Here’s the no messing around method of getting rid of invasive plants, with Dave’s own illustrations:
First decide if you really want it gone, or if just an aggressive pruning might be what you need. Assuming you’re ready for battle, start by cutting off all but the single largest branch that will fit in a used water bottle.
Make a 50/50 mixture of water and Roundup, or any weed killer that contains glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, and put this in the old water bottle. Be careful not to get Roundup on your skin, and wash your hands thoroughly after you’re done. Also clearly label the water bottle “POISON”.
Dig a little hole for the bottle to rest in so it doesn’t fall over and spill the mixture. Put the stem of the honeysuckle into the mixture. The plant will absorb the Roundup all the way down to the roots. After about two weeks you can dig it up, and dispose of the bottle.
This is a method that has worked for other invasive plants as well.
See? Simple, targeted and effective. Check out the Garden Center page on homedepot.com for all your lawn and garden needs.
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