The Q&A Archives: Tree vs. Vine

Question: Ok, so I have a Honeylocust tree in my back yard that was there when we moved in a year ago. However, It has not been able to fill out due to a vine that is suffocating it from the roots all the way up the tree. Is there a chemical I can spray on the foliage that will kill the vine and not the tree? Thank you.

Answer: Wish it were that easy, but anything you spray on the vine will overspray onto the tree and kill it, as well. The best approach is to cut the vine down at ground level and then pull the vines out of the tree. To keep the vine from resprouting you will either have to keep cutting any new sprouts it sends up or paint the stub with a vegetation killer such as Round Up. Round Up is indescriminate when it comes to killing vegetation so be sure to apply it carefully - with a painbrush - to the stub of the vine, being careful to keep it off the tree. Good luck with your project!

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