The Q&A Archives: Overgrown Vines Destroying Other Plants

Question: I have a morning glory vine that is overgrown, climbing up my smaller flowers (pulling them down), and "invading" my grassy lawn. I would like to get rid of the vine, but do not want to destroy the soil and future plantings. This vine was at my home when we moved in. It has grown under my porch, making it hard to pull it from the roots. Are there any natural, non-chemical ways to remove the vine permanently? (We have small children who like to play on this lawn.)

Answer: Morning glories are annual vines in cold weather areas, meaning they freeze to death each winter. If the vine is truly morning glory, then you are seeing new seedlings emerge and grow each year. You can prevent them from germinating by disturbing the area in late spring as the soil begins to warm and then smothering them with a layer of newspaper covered by a thick layer of mulch such as shredded bark. This should do the trick, although digging in the area may bring new seeds to the surface again.

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