How to Kill Wild Grape Vines


Wild grapevines grow naturally throughout much of the eastern and northern United States. While they may look beautiful and harmless, they can actually be quite dangerous. These vines have the ability to not only take over and kill small plants, but can also bring down large, decades-old trees. The added weight to trees makes them more susceptible to losing branches and even uprooting. Wild grapevines can be killed, but it may take years of persistent work.

Step 1

Cut the grape vines at 4 to 5 feet above the ground with pruning shears.

Step 2

Cut the vines where they grow out of the soil with pruning shears. Get every vine, as even the smallest one could turn into a problem within a year. Discard the vines in a garbage bag.

Step 3

Apply an herbicide to the stumps of the vines. Follow the directions on your particular herbicide for best results. Repeat once a month until the vines stop growing.

Step 4

Plant trees or shrubs near the grapevines to block sunlight. The vines will not be able to survive if they are in a shaded area.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Garbage bag
  • Herbicide
  • Trees or shrubs


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Kenneth Coppens is a part-time freelance writer and has been for one year. He currently writes for Demand Studios, eHow, Associated Content and is the Indianapolis Craft Beer Expert for Examiner.