The Q&A Archives: Creeping Myrtle

Question: I have creeping myrtle in my garden and am trying to eliminate it. Can you provide any advice on how I can get rid of it?


Creeping Myrtle, or vinca, is difficult to control with herbicides because the leaves have a waxy coating. You can eliminate it with Round Up if there is nothing else in the bed that you want to preserve. If so, dig out desireable plants before proceeding. Trim the vinca down to the ground with a weed trimmer or even hedge clippers. Rake the vinca clippings into piles. Put on your work gloves, picking up the clippings and bagging them in the black lawn bags. Take care not to rake the vinca into other areas as the nodes on some of the clippings could sprout elsewhere.

Prepare the Round-Up herbicide in the pressurized tank sprayer according to manufacturer's directions. Wear your work gloves and face mask for protection. Spray the trimmed, raked area with a generous coating of Round-Up herbicide. Cover the area with black plastic and anchor it down using plastic stakes. Check the sprayed area under the black plastic a week later for signs that the vinca is dying, usually a brown, withered appearance. If the area does not look like it is sufficiently dying, spray another coating of Round-Up and recover with plastic. Remove the black plastic once the vinca has died. Rake up any remnants and bag them. The Round-Up should dissipate from the ground soil within a few months so wait before trying to plant anything else in the area.

Good luck with your project!

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