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How to Get Rid of Honeysuckle Vines

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How to Get Rid of Honeysuckle Vines

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Overview

Not all flowering vines are desirable. The Japanese honeysuckle is a beautiful flowering vine with a fragrant flower, but it is also an invasive species that will overgrow and choke out most of the native plants around it. Invasive honeysuckle vines are difficult to get rid of--mowing makes them grow back more lush, burning isn't allowed in many areas, and simple pruning doesn't kill them either. But if honeysuckle vines are allowed to grow out of control they will attempt to take over a garden or wooded area.

Step 1

Identify and tag honeysuckle in the summer months when the vines are producing flowers. Tie bright yarn or flagging tape to the main trunk of the vine. It is not recommended to cut back honeysuckle in the growing months because the plant will react to pruning by growing back more vigorously. However, the plant may be easier to identify in the summer.

Step 2

Prune honeysuckle with shears in autumn when surrounding plant life has gone dormant, but before a hard freeze. Use a hacksaw if the vines have gotten too thick for normal pruning shears. Remove vines from surrounding trees or shrubs they may have climbed over.

Step 3

Spray stumps of the honeysuckle vine with Roundup herbicide to kill the plant. Be careful that over-spray does not drip onto desirable plants.

Step 4

Plant desirable plants or shrubs in the spring where the honeysuckle was removed to help prevent any overlooked parts of the vine from growing back.

Tips and Warnings

  • It may take years to completely kill honeysuckle. Patrol the area where honeysuckle grew to check for sprouts, which can be hand-pulled when the soil is moist. Be sure to remove the roots of the plant when hand-pulling honeysuckle.

Things You'll Need

  • Bright-colored yard or flagging tape
  • Pruning shears
  • Hacksaw
  • Roundup

References

  • Missouri Department of Conservation: Japanese Honeysuckle
  • Plant Conservation Alliance: Japanese Honeysuckle

Who Can Help

  • USDA: Invasive Species
Keywords: kill honeysuckle, invasive honeysuckle vine, remove Japanese honeysuckle

About this Author

Denise Bertacchi is a freelance writer with a degree in journalism from Southeast Missouri State University. She is a St. Louis suburbanite who has written for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Boys' Life, Wisconsin Trails, and Missouri Life.

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