How Do You Kill A Wild Rose Bush? - Knowledgebase Question

Salt Lake City, UT
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Question by shelleytremb
May 23, 2002
I have wild rose bushes that will not die. I have tried RoundUp and also digging them up, but the roots go on forever. Is there anything I can spray to kill them once and for all?

Answer from NGA
May 23, 2002
I had a similar experience with blackberry brambles and tried everything too, short of moving to another state. What finally worked for me was cutting down each and every sprout as soon as it appeared. If you keep the sprouts from developing leaves, it halts the photosynthesis process and the roots will eventually starve out. At first there will seem like an endless number of shoots to cut, but as the roots use up energy, they will produce fewer and fewer new shoots. When the roots no longer have stored energy, they will be unable to any produce new shoots and you will have won the battle. Good luck with your project!

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A comment from rmgood
July 5, 2019
i need a more extensive response to this rose bush problem. I have hundreds of sprouts on a hilside. TEh bushes were cut out and are back. Hundreds of little sprouts all up and down hillside. What can I use to get rid of them. I cannot cut every sprout. Cannot afford t have someone cut sprouts. They travel under fence to grass, etc. I do not care if it kills grass too at this stage. HELP please! 40 feet by 40 foot area overrun. Cut all out less than a month ago and all coming back Everywhere. Not hundreds but about a thousand sprouts up and down hill and across hillside. They have choked out all other vegetation except a couple larger trees.

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A comment from cici82633
April 28, 2020
I moved into a house almost 7 years ago and for 5 years have been trying to eliminate wild roses. I have had then dug out twice, cut down every spring, have tried several different brands of liquid "killer" and they're back again! They should be classified as illegal noxious weeds! I can't cut every little!

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