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Safely Killing Creepers and Suckers with Herbicide

By Eric4home
November 14, 2014

We have a voracious Chinese Wisteria, and sometimes it gets ahead of us. Suddenly it makes an appearance in our Juniper border 20' away, and here's how we safely deal with it. A variation of this technique can be used on Ailanthus.

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Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Nov 14, 2014 5:42 AM CST
I don't have many plants that send up runners like wisteria, but I certainly wouldn't have thought of doing this to solve this problem. Nice to know!
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jvdubb
Nov 14, 2014 9:06 AM CST
Great tip!!!! I will use this on the trumpet vine I dug out that still pops up yards away.
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Skiekitty
Nov 14, 2014 10:17 AM CST
Any idea if this would work with bindweed? I've tried almost EVERYTHING to no avail...
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daylilydreams
Nov 14, 2014 10:36 AM CST
jvdubb said:Great tip!!!! I will use this on the trumpet vine I dug out that still pops up yards away.

My thoughts were the same as Jennifer, it is very difficult to get rid of the trumpet vine even when the main vine is long gone. Thank You!
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Name: Ric Sanders
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Eric4home
Nov 15, 2014 4:31 AM CST
I know about trumpet vine. We have a large trellis at our entry covered with it. Between roots and seeds it can be a pest. I don't know about bind weed, the bit we get I go after ASAP.
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Nov 15, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Thanks for a great way of killing the undesirable plants that can plague us, Eric.

Jennifer: Last year I tried it with a trumpet vine and checked often as it died, then patted myself on the back...until it returned 10' away this year, in two different directions. I did it again on the two new pieces and spring of 2015 will let me know if I've gotten all of it. I couldn't bend the bottom down enough to treat it as Eric did but sprayed the interior of the bag with Ortho's Poison Ivy and Tough Brush Killer, then put the stem (with its leaves still attached) into the bag and rubbed the leaves into the poison, then tied up the bags.
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Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
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Eric4home
Nov 15, 2014 11:24 AM CST
Arlene, Your method is good also.
I've seen other methods as well. A fellow gardener takes a slightly more concentrated solution and applies it to target plants with a paint brush. This works well for him. Care should be exercised to prevent unnecessary contact, such as rubber gloves and safety glasses.
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Nov 15, 2014 11:35 AM CST
I agree we can't be too careful. I'd use the paint brush but I have tremors and could easily paint a hosta or clematis by mistake!

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