The Q&A Archives: Killing Off Wild Grape Vines

Question: A few years ago, a bird must have "planted" a wild grape vine in a small wooded area next to my garden. It is now destroying flowering shrubs. I have cut it down to about 1' fall.

I want to kill it off if possible, without using pesticides as the birds are preparing to nest & the area is active with small animals. What might my options be to be done with the pesty vine? Thank you.

Answer: Grape can be difficult to eradicate once it has an established root system. You can try digging it out, you can try cutting it off short and smothering it under a heavy layer of newpaper/cardboard topped with mulch to block all light, or you can use an herbicide containing glyphosate. If you do this, be careful to read and follow the instructions and pay close attention to the suggested timing. In many instances a late summer application can be more effective.

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