Getting Rid of Honeysuckle

April 17, 2015

closeup of honeysuckle flowersI have a huge amount of Tecomaria Capensis in my yard to kill. What is an eco-friendly way to get rid of it?

By Dee



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December 2, 20170 found this helpful

If you don't want to use roundup....did a hole to expose the roots, then add in a mixture of boiling water, rock salt and vinegar into the hole on to the exposed roots.

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December 2, 20170 found this helpful

I also go with vinegar and hand pulling. Roundup kills everything.

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December 12, 20180 found this helpful

Round up doesn't kill things only it also kills people. Check on current trial Dewayne Johnson vs Monsanto.

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May 25, 2018

A few years ago our snowball bush was invaded by honeysuckle vines. We spent 2 years pruning the vines and pulling them from the bush, but finally they simply consumed it. Last fall we cut the snowball bush down. This spring it came back beautifully and is about 12 inches tall and thick now, but those cursed vines are coming back also. How can we kill the vines without harming the bush itself?

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May 25, 20180 found this helpful

Cut the honeysuckle down to the stem. Buy an herbicide with a dye in it so you can keep track of what you treated. Treat the cut edge of every stem.

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May 27, 20180 found this helpful

We had the same problem with one of my rose bushes a few years ago. Sadly, the honeysuckle killed the rose bush (literally choked it to death) and I felt terrible.


What someone later told me is the method of last resort is to dig up and move the bush...or if that isn't possible, before cutting it to the ground, take cuttings to start a new plant.

I have started many a plant from cuttings so I felt bad I didn't think of that on my own. I think I was too focused on being mad about the invasion.

When I start cuttings, depending on the size of the piece, I put them in a sturdy plastic jug with just (warm to start) plain tap or saved rain water.

Also depending on the plant and its light needs, place the jug where the new plant is going to go so it starts out with the right type of sun.

Watch the water level in the bottle, refilling as needed.

When the cutting starts to get roots, I add just a dash of the appropriate plant food (I only do this once but you may do it as often as is appropriate for the plant).


When the roots start to ball...every plant is goes into the ground.

Once it is in the ground, the watering frequency depends on what the plant is...snowball plants like to be moist but not sopping wet.

I love honeysuckle, but, like ivy, it is super invasive, so if you do go the last resort sure to move the new plant away from the site of the honeysuckle.

Hope this helps!

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February 23, 2012

Will rock salt work to kill honeysuckle vines? I have livestock fencing that I need to eradicate this from. I have read that salt will kill it. As this is a fence row, I am not concerned with planting it. It is approximately 1/4 acre of fencing and I am looking for a cost effective and animal friendly way of getting rid of this. It is a 5 foot high fence of galvanized wire with 4 inch squares, that has been stretched between locust posts. It's a pricey fence that I do not want destroyed by this vine.

Any ideas would be helpful.

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April 8, 20120 found this helpful

It might. You might also try some straight vinegar.

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April 24, 2019

Eradicate this invasive plant without using Roundup or other harsh chemical herbicides. This is a page about getting rid of honeysuckle without chemicals.


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