Honeysuckle can quickly and easily take over your garden if you are not vigilant to control its growth. While lovely and fragrant, this aggressive weed steals nutrients from the soil and prevents your garden from performing at its best. Though honeysuckle is extremely persistent, continued herbicidal treatment and good timing on your part can restore the vigor of your garden and get rid of these troubling pests for good. Follow these simple directions to begin on what may be a long road to get rid of the honeysuckle in your garden.
Step 1 – Clipping Back Honeysuckle
The best time to begin removing your honeysuckle is in the late fall. At this time, the other greenery in your garden will be dying and turning brown, and the honeysuckle should stand out due to its lasting greenery. Put your gardening gloves on and use both your clippers and large gardening shears to cut back the honeysuckle vines at their bases. Pull the cut vines up and away from the garden.
In most cases the vines will wind up and around other plants or bushes near your garden. If this is the situation in your garden, take care to select the correct plants for pruning, as the vines can twist extensively and be difficult to discern from other plants in your garden.
Step 2 – Removing the Roots
Next you will want to being removing the roots. Take your shovel and begin to dig up the root system of the honeysuckle plants. Make sure that you dispose of the roots in a place that will not promote new plants growing.
Step 3 – Kill the Remaining Roots
Once you have a majority of the root system removed, you are going to want to thoroughly spray the holes where you removed the roots with a 30 percent glysophate solution. Once completed, use fresh soil or soil from an uninfected area of your yard to fill in the holes and firmly pat them down.
When preparing and using the herbicide, take precaution not to get it on your skin as it can be extremely irritating. Wear protective clothing and practice caution when using any herbicide solution in your garden. Be sure to properly label the container very noticeably for later use and keep the herbicide out of the reach of any children.
Step 4 – Repeat Treatment
In the spring, you will need to repeat the treatment on the ground where you removed the honeysuckle using the glysophate solution to ensure that all the honeysuckle was killed. Thoroughly spray the area.
Honeysuckle plants are extremely hardy plants and may take more than one growing season to completely eradicate from your garden. If your honeysuckle does not go away with this one treatment in fall and spring, continue on for another growing season, being sure to keep the plant trimmed during the summer and then continuing with the herbicide again in the fall until the entire intrusive vines can be completely removed.