Eradicating Honeysuckle

Overview

Many adults remember honeysuckle fondly from their childhood. When honeysuckle is in bloom, children often use the sweet-smelling vine to make floral crowns as well as make a snack of the sweet nectar drop available in each sip of the plant. But for gardeners, honeysuckle is a more sinister plant. The vines are an invasive species that frequently takes over wherever it is planted. Eradicating honeysuckle from a landscape takes a concentrated effort that combines chemical and mechanical means.

Step 1

Mow down honeysuckle that grows in open ground. Repeated mowing of the vine will prevent it from returning to the landscape.

Step 2

Dig up small patches of honeysuckle with a mattock. Once the soil is loosened, remove the roots with a rake. You must pull all roots out of the ground to prevent honeysuckle from returning.

Step 3

Spray a systemic herbicide containing glyphosate over the stems, leaves and flowers of honeysuckle from spring until fall. A systemic herbicide will absorb into the plant. The plant will pull the poison down to its roots, which will kill the entire plant.

Step 4

Wait until the plant dies before removing it. The plant's woody stems will break easily and the leaves will turn brown and brittle when the plant is dead.

Step 5

Cut the vines down to the surface of the soil and discard them.

Step 6

Observe the soil's surface for honeysuckle that may be regrowing in the area. Remove any new honeysuckle that grows in that location.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower
  • Mattock
  • Garden rake
  • Systemic herbicide containing glyphosate
  • Hedge trimmers
  • Lawn bags

References

  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension: Lonicera japonica
  • University of Kentucky Extension: Bush Honeysuckle
  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension: Gardening to Conserve Maine's Landscape: Plants to Use and Plants to Avoid

Who Can Help

  • University of Delaware's College of Agriculture & Natural Resources: Controlling Backyard Invaders
Keywords: removing invasive vines, eradicating honeysuckle, killing honeysuckle vines

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."