How to Get Rid of Virginia Creeper

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Virginia Creeper is a fast-growing wood vine often used as an ornamental. The vine can grow virtually anywhere, quickly covering a wall, trellis or a fence with colourful leaves, yellowish-green blooms and purple berries. The Virginia Creeper grows well in shady areas, making it a natural choice as ground cover under tree canopies. Manage the vine consistently or it can become a parasite, overtaking and killing the tree or shrub it attached itself to, requiring you to get rid of the Virginia Creeper to save your plants.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Gloves
  • Hand saw
  • Non-selective herbicide
  • Old paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Place gloves on your hands before attempting to remove the Virginia Creeper. Although the vine is not poisonous, the sap contains oxalate crystals that could cause rashes or skin irritations in some people.

  2. 2

    Cut the Virginia Creeper with a hand saw at the base of the vine about 4 to 6 inches above the soil. Pull the vine from the tree, wall, fence or shrubs.

  3. 3

    Paint a non-selective herbicide whose active ingredient is glyphosate immediately and liberally on the vine. Use an old paintbrush and paint the stump with herbicide. Be careful as glyphosate kills all vegetation it contacts. Follow the herbicide's label for dilution instructions.

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