How to trim vinca

Updated February 21, 2017

Two types of vinca are commonly used to landscape a garden area: vinca major, or large periwinkle, and vinca minor, or lesser periwinkle. Both plants are used as a creeping ground cover in landscaping. Vinca major is a trailing vine while vinca minor is a low-growing shrub. Each plant has similar flowers and leaves. Vinca may become invasive if not kept contained through regular trimming. Trimming both vinca major and vinca minor is accomplished through similar means.

Mow over areas where vinca is escaping its planting area to keep it contained.

Pick up individual tendrils of vinca by hand.

Cut back each individual tendril to approximately 6 to 8 inches.

Throw the ends of the vines into a garbage bag. Allow the herbaceous material to sit in the sun to cook for one month. This will make the plants nonviable and safe to send to your landfill.


Other methods that you may use to dispose of vinca trimmings are to burn them, place them in a brush pile or compost them. The centre of a pile of compost will heat to a point that is warm enough to destroy the viability of invasive plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawnmower
  • Pruning shears
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