How to kill a pokeweed that is next to a holly bush?

needinfo001August 26, 2014

I have a beautiful carissa holly bush. It is about 4 ft tall and 4 ft wide. About 2-3 feet from the trunk of it there is a pokeweed that is growing.
I had cut it down over a month ago but it is sending up a lot of new growth.
Can i use round up on it without damaging my holly bush?

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zzackey(8b GA)

The Roundup will only kill what you spray it on. Just make sure it isn't a windy day.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 1:22PM
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Or just pull it up...and keep pulling new shoots. It'll be dead by summer next year if you don't let it photosynthesize much.

You could take a shovel or a hoe and cut the crown off of it. That'd probably do it (one time)

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 1:24PM
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In my experience pokeweed is pretty easy to pull up.

Also, acording to the interwebs, holly, is somewhat salt tolerant, and pokeweed is very salt intolerant. Sprinkle salt water on the leaves of the pokeweed. Try not to get it on the holly's leaves, but if a little gets on it might survive it anyway.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 1:37PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Use a small spade to dig roots.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 2:46PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

crikey ....

use the very expensive applicator at the link ...

fill with RU ... cut down plant.. drip RU on the stump ...

i will yell .... IT IS NOT A SPRAY THING ...

if you read the label of RU ... it is used.. undiluted.. as a stump killer ... you are killing a stump ...

if it is a huge P ... you will NEVER dig it all up.. unless you are prepared to dig a 3 foot deep hole ... any piece left.. will be back.. even if it takes a year or two ...

return unused RU to properly labeled container ... and rinse out the applicator ... do not store near hot dogs ... lol ...

you can use this system for any tree... shrub... large weed.. and barely use a tablespoon.. since you are using it drop by drop ...

generic RU does the same ...


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 2:51PM
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Ken, question for you...does it have to be plochmans? I prefer French's...actually Plochman's isn't available here. >:P

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 2:56PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Contact lens saline bottles also work very well, but you probably will need a funnel to fill them.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 10:09PM
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