Removing Wild Rose Bushes


Cultivated roses add beauty and majestic color to any garden. The wild rose bush, on the other hand, becomes a noxious weed in the yard or flower bed. Removal can sometimes be difficult unless proper steps are taken to ensure the plant does not return even stronger and healthier.

Step 1

Wear gloves to protect the hands from all the thorns. Long sleeve shirts and pants should be worn as well. Protective eye wear keeps branches from whipping around and damaging the eyes during removal.

Step 2

Prune the wild rose bush down to the top of the root ball. This may take some time depending on how large the wild rose bush has been allowed to grow.

Step 3

Dig out the root ball and make sure to get all the runners. Canes, or branches, often branch off and start another section of roots. If these are not removed when the original plant is taken out, they will start growing another wild rose bush.

Step 4

Tie the canes together in bundles to keep them contained. Smaller bundles are easier to manage than larger ones. Contain the root balls with plastic bags or newspapers. Even the smallest roots can send out feelers and regrow another wild rose bush.

Step 5

Discard the root ball and branches by burning, if applicable. If you can not burn the wild rose bush, bundle up the branches with the root ball and place in a lawn and leaf bag for trash disposal. Do not place in the compost pile because the wild rose bush will find a way to reroot its self.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pruning shears
  • Shovel
  • Fire pit
  • Thick gloves
  • Protective clothing
  • Protective eye glasses


  • Wild Rose Bushes
  • Multiflora Rose Bush
  • Multiflora Rose Bush Control
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JulieAnn is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for 30 years. Recently JulieAnn has written a variety of e-books and numerous articles on gardening, small business, and farming. JulieAnn is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her Bachelor's degree in English.