The Q&A Archives: Choking Vine

Question: Pest is the best choice for this one. I keep fighting a vine that pops up near my lilacs and forsythia. It is a leafy green vine that wraps itself around the bushes, fences, trees and chokes them. The root and stem can get very thick. The bark is brownish reddish at the root and can look filmy white as it grows. I have no idea what it is. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them other than keep pulling them out? They wind very tightly and are difficult to keep up with as they grow quickly.

Answer: I can't tell from your description whether you're dealing with ivy, kudzu or wild morning glory, but the best control measure is to dig the offending weedy growth out, roots and all. You can try cutting the vines off at ground level whenever they appear and eventually starve out the roots, but you'll have to be diligent about it. I'd opt for digging the problem growth out and getting rid of it once and for all!

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