I've tried brush killer and repeated to the ground pruning and combinations
there of -
HELP - I missed it when it was a seedling and now it seems poised to take
over despite my best efforts. I've tried cutting to the ground and putting a
cement block over the stump (for the lack a better phrase).
Placing a stone over the a rose bush stump will only encourage wider growth.
Dig around the stump as deeply as is practical for your abilities or get
someone to help dig and pull out the stump and/or lop off as much of the
root system as you can. If this rose bush has been growing from a seedling
only a couple three years (which is what I suspect if you say you haven't
noticed it) it shouldn't take more than 5 minutes to totally remove it with
a garden spade, especially now that you already cut it to the ground... why
didn't you simply continue and dig it up, probably less labor than hauling a
cement block. Dig it up right away because now that you've cut it to the
ground it will make a concerted effort to live by enlarging its root system.
Were it me I'd move it to a better location... wild rose makes excellent
wildlife habitat, small song birds love to nest amongst all those thorns.
Cheryl, you have my condolences, it is a big pain for sure.
Here is a pretty good article, may give you some ideas on
how to proceed:
My Mom remembers when it was being promoted as a "living
fence" in this area. Didn't work out so well in the long
On 8/24/09 2:28 PM, in article firstname.lastname@example.org,
Thank you Leon. That does look helpful. A friend with one in a worse spot
calls it bush from hell. Her DH attacked it a chainsaw and poured Roundup on
the "stumps". No go - more canes than ever.
On Tue, 25 Aug 2009 08:03:31 -0400, Cheryl Isaak
They may have killed the original problem, but if it
produced seeds for a year two... As the article I linked to
mentions, "A medium-sized bush is capable of producing
500,000 to 1,000,000 seeds." and "Seeds may remain viable in
the soil for 10-20 years."
We have quite a few on our ~36 acres, the birds like them
and well, you know how that goes :) I've noticed how they
and the Autumn Olives tend to pop up more frequently
underneath the power lines, where the birds tend to perch.
It's only those who live on puny city lots or live in a furnished room in a
tenement building who think wild rose is a nuisance plant... it's folks who
have a few acres who appreciate wild rose as excellent wildlife habitat.
And it's extremely easy to keep wild rose, or any prolific plant, under
control with loppers and mowers... of course those who live in a furnished
room wouldn't have a clue.
ya think? seems several states & the Feds disagree with you:
not listed as noxious in NY, but it's on the invasives watch list.
Down here in south Texas we have the McCartney rose version. Some lady
wanted to plant some in her yard and she called into a gardenline type
radio program. She asked how she should plant it and the host said
"lady, just throw some seeds out on the ground and run like hell".
That's about as true a statement as I've heard on this stuff.
wrote: >> ya think? seems several states & the Feds disagree with you:
yes, it's on the banned invasives list in NH now. this summer's
invasive removal project here has mostly been Oriental bittersweet
vines. last year was all the damned Norway maples... i'm still
finding crossbreeds though. i doubt most people would fuss about the
crossbreeds, but you don't get any usable sap out of one. :)
On 8/26/09 9:36 AM, in article Xns9C7361B58FAE0enigmaevilnet@22.214.171.124,
Wonder what the state is doing about it - I heard something about a big "get
the purple loosestrife" campaign, but with other crap going on, I didn't
really get a chance to follow it or get involved.
Deer won't even eat it. Multiflora rose is about the only greenery left
on the floor of the woods behind my house (Randallstown, MD.) And
Maryland does list it as non-native invasive, last I heard.
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