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How to Kill Wild Hedges

By Sophia Darby ; Updated September 21, 2017
Invasive wild hedges can choke out native plants around them.
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Wild hedges can form from invasive plants that have overtaken an area or from seeds dispersed by nearby plants via birds or animals. Removal of invasive plants, especially non-native varieties, is often encouraged as a way to protect surrounding native foliage. While small hedges can often be removed by hand, the use of herbicides before removal is often used when dealing with large or multiple hedges.

Dilute the herbicide with water according to the product directions.

Pour the diluted herbicide into a hand-held sprayer.

Spray the foliage of the hedges with the herbicide. Ensure the herbicide is applied to the inner and outer foliage.

Wait two to six weeks for the herbicide to completely kill the hedges&#039; foliage.

Cut away the dead hedges with pruning shears or a chain saw. Leave 3 to 4 inches of stems protruding from the ground.

Remove the roots from the ground. Pull small hedge roots out by hand. For large hedge roots, wrap a chain around the stems and attach the chain to a winch or vehicle. Pull the roots, slowly, out of the ground.


Things You Will Need

  • Herbicide
  • Hand-held sprayer
  • Pruning shears or chain saw
  • Chain (optional)
  • Winch or vehicle (optional)


  • Apply the herbicide to the hedge foliage when it is fully leafed out.


  • Ensure the herbicide does not come in contact with any other plants, because it will kill them.

About the Author


Sophia Darby is a former professional hairstylist who has spent the last six years writing hair-related articles for both online and print publications. Her work has appeared in Celebrity Hairstyles Magazine, as well as multiple websites.