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Kill Virginia Creeper ... Not Quite Organically

By greene
June 15, 2017

Not long ago NGA member WARYR1 posted a query in the Ask A Question Forum: "What is an organic way to get rid of Virginia Creeper?" The question received many excellent replies. To date, there are 23 replies. One suggestion involved pouring herbicide into a trash can and stuffing the vines into the can. The purpose of that method was to contain the herbicide and reduce the risk of damage to desirable plants.

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
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grannysgarden
Jun 14, 2017 7:01 PM CST
I am plagued with this vine on all my oaks. I spend a lot of time cutting through the vines and that sometimes leaves them hanging and swinging overhead. The method you propose would allow them to stay close to the trunk of the tree until they decayed and naturally fell from the tree and then no more vine vigil on my part.

The best part about this eradication method is that you only need to use a very small amount of chemicals. I think this could be used effectively on small saplings that have gotten a foothold and refuse to die no matter how many times you cut them off at ground level.

Thanks for posting this.
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Bubbles
Jun 14, 2017 9:31 PM CST
I agree
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Jun 14, 2017 9:39 PM CST
Terrific idea! Congratulations, Greene!
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blue23rose
Jun 15, 2017 12:04 AM CST
Well done, greene! I don't have Virginia creeper anything near that bad, but little starts of it does pop up now and then. I use Roundup, but it takes a couple of applications.

Because my husband and I are very allergic to poison ivy, we will not touch Virginia creeper because it can cause a rash for some people. I don't want to put it to the test, lol!
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Onewish1
Jun 15, 2017 3:20 AM CST
Thanks we have some large vines .. this looks like a great option.. Thanks!!
Name: greene
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greene
Jun 16, 2017 5:50 PM CST
Thanks everyone! Thumbs up
I plan to try this method to eradicate a few tallow trees on our property. If I can kill them before I cut them down they will be less likely to spread by suckers. But that's an article for another day. Hilarious!

I plan to make a small hole and use a glue syringe to inject the herbicide. Here is one example of the glue syringe:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GWCVBKW/
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Onewish1
Jun 17, 2017 8:12 AM CST
Very nice.. thank you
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quercusnut
Nov 2, 2017 12:01 PM CST
All ya gotta do is cut the vine at its base about a half inch above the ground and paint the stump with glyphosate concentrate. It's a goner.

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