Honeysuckle vines and shrubs can be a blessing, with their fragrant blossoms and flourishing growth habit. They can also be a curse, growing out of control easily and becoming difficult to remove from the ground. To keep them in check, prune your honeysuckle plants in the winter.
Cut back the top of the plant with pruning shears until about 2 feet of growth remains at the base. Use a ladder if necessary to reach taller parts of the plant.
Spread 2 or 3 inches of mulch around the base of the plant to prevent weed growth and to conserve water. The plant will need extra hydration after being cut back.
Collect all of the pruned sections and discard them. They aren't suitable for compost piles.