Bush honeysuckle

gardeningannie(06)April 28, 2014

Not sure I have the right forum:
Need to remove a large bush honeysuckle. I've cut it down to a stump which is beginning to resprout. I really don't want to use Roundup and would rather dig it out.

Does anyone know about the root system on a BH? Am I in for a lot of work or, like the branches, is it just 'a snap'?

Thanks.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

just start digging.. you will find out

ken

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 5:18PM
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gardeningannie(06)

Hmmm ~ sounds ominous. Either you don't know or you don't want to scare me off by speaking the truth. :)

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 6:56PM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

He doesn't know.

One of my most common weeds is an invasive type of bush honeysuckle. Either Amur or Tatarian. I don't know, and I'm not even sure if there is a difference. With moist soil, it is possible to pull up fairly large specimens because the roots are quite shallow. Whether this is true of other types of bush honeysuckles, I have no idea.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 7:20PM
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may_flowers

I had a maple that resprouted for a few years. I put about two feet of compost and clippings on it and that took care of it.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 4:50PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

I've had success putting a heavy duty black plastic bag over a stump and weighting it down with rocks.. After several years, they give up.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 6:23AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Sometimes it takes a conglomeration of mechanical means to convince something to die. Chopping into a stump is an excellent 1st step!

I might try smothering too, maybe sit a black pot upside-down on it, cover drain holes with something. Check often to remove any attempted growth until it gives up. Killed a boxwood that way.

I might use an axe to split the stump, hack at it to expose the inside as much as possible, then slowly dump the biggest pot of boiling water you can safely handle. Have you had someone big, strong kick it really hard? Might knock it loose. Know anyone with a hitch on the back of a truck? Yank it out. Knocking loose/yanking/digging works best when the ground is moist and soft, probably not necessary to mention at this time, I think most places have had a ton of rain lately.

Are sure there's no buried utilities in that immediate area? If you're at ALL unsure, call "call before you dig." Then it's *their* fault if something gets messed up when you dig. If not, it's your responsibility (financially.)

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 10:29AM
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ptwonline

Bush Honeysuckle has a relatively shallow root system. But it has a tendency to regrow from leftover bits of root so clear it out the best you can.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 3:25PM
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ptwonline

Bush Honeysuckle has a relatively shallow root system. But it has a tendency to regrow from leftover bits of root so clear it out the best you can.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 8:53PM
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