How to Get Rid of Invasive Honeysuckle

Most invasive honeysuckle species require comparable removal efforts, but identifying the species helps you build a control plan. 

1 - Identify the Specie

After identifying invasive honeysuckle species, decide ways to remove them. Consider infestation size, plant size, and tools and time.

2 - Plan Your Attack

When feasible, physically remove plants of any type. If possible, pluck up Japanese honeysuckle plants and their roots!

3 - Start with Mechanical Control

Like it or not, herbicides are the best way to eradicate honeysuckle vines. I typically avoid herbicides, but I use them to kill aggressive plants. 

4 - Choose the Proper Control Method

Cut honeysuckle stems into stumps and apply systemic herbicide. Herbicide penetrates plants, inhibiting stem resprouting and injuring roots.

5 - Cut Stump Method 

Bush honeysuckle treatments include oil-based pesticide on the lower stem. After entering the vascular system through the bark, the toxin kills the plant in months.

6 - Basal Bark Method 

Japanese honeysuckle vines and shrub seedlings benefit from foliar treatments. Do not herbicide beautiful plants near the honeysuckle. Carefully select stump or base bark.

7 - Foliar Spray Method 

No matter the control strategy, plants may regenerate. Watch for fresh stems and growth from cut stumps and intact root systems.

8 - Monitor for Regrowth

Few seedlings are easier to remove than hundreds of adult plants. Watching for these invasive species can reduce your gardening workload and prevent overgrowth.

9 - Watch for Invasive Honeysuckle

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