We have remnants of trumpet vine running rampant in our gardens/yard.
Anyone have good suggestions for eliminating this stuff?
I've been using Round-Up on the little ones we find, but it actually takes
several applications to kill it - and we're not convinced the brown ones are
dead-dead, but they're still very difficult to pull out of the ground.
This stuff is EVERYWHERE and it's impossible to just pull it out......
(We also aren't big chemical fans, but white vinegar had NO effect, so we
thought we'd try the Round-Up.)
The little sprouts are hard to pull because they are attached
to a big root system. Keep digging, poisoning, and mowing them
off until the roots give up. A vigorous specimen might take in
the neighborhood of 5 years to eliminate. The problem is not
unique - I am preparing to renew my ongoing campaign against a
Good to know I'm not alone, but this stuff is frustrating - I get some to
turn brown and "die", but then MORE appear everyday....... It's very
discouraging...... And it amazes me retail centers still sell the stuff! It
ought to come w/a warning label or something! (I wasn't the one who planted
it btw - we "inherited" the problem when we bought the house in December
Thanks for your input and your words of encouragement - if it takes 5 years,
so be it - as long as it eventually ALL dies and is GONE......
I had trumpet vine and blackberry bushes to kill. It took me three
years to eradicate them. I kept pulling them out by had.
Unfortunately, the poison ivy keeps coming up from the seeds that
animals bring in. I keep pulling the smaller PI plants up by hand,
and use RoundUp (using a mix twice as strong as recommended on the
label) on the plants that are larger.
On Mon, 7 Jun 2004 21:10:56 -0400, "Nicole Thompson"
Hey - thanks for the suggestion - it never occurred to me to try a stronger
concentration of Round-Up.
I bought the pre-mixed stuff, but they do make the concentrated form you can
mix yourself....just never thought of it!
Good luck w/your poison problem...... Have you tried any of the brush/poison
ivy killer? Someone once told me rock salt works wonders on poison ivy, but
obviously, that wouldn't be too practical if it near things you want to
keep - and besides, I've often wondered about the long-term effects of doing
I use straight roundup on poison ivy, applied with a small paintbrush.
Touching one leaf is enough to kill the whole plant. I have one of
those 4 oz. bottles, and it is still 2/3 full after four years. I am
certain it works with blackberries too. Perhaps it will work with
trumpet vine as well.
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