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How to Kill Laurel Bushes

Updated February 21, 2017

The laurel shrub is a widely grown ornamental evergreen plant. Fragrant, yellowish spring flowers and small, purple summer fruit give both homeowners and wildlife reasons to enjoy the shrub. Removing a laurel shrub can be difficult because it is a vigorous plant, able to withstand extreme pruning. The plant will grow again if you cut it down without further treatment. Killing the roots is necessary to kill a laurel shrub.

Prune the plant to a few inches above the ground.

Drill 1/4-inch holes at least 1/2 inch to 1 inch deep into the stumps.

Drip the herbicide into the holes, and brush some across the cut surface of the stumps.

If sprouts appear, cut them off near the ground. Brush more of the herbicide directly onto the cut surfaces of the sprouts.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Brush
  • Glyphosate herbicide
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About the Author

Jack Burton started writing professionally in 1980 with articles in "Word from Jerusalem," "ICEJ Daily News" and Tagalong Garden News. He has managed radio stations, TV studios and newspapers, and was the chief fundraiser for Taltree Arboretum. Burton holds a B.S. in broadcasting from John Brown University. He is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Navy/Navy Reserves and the Navy Seabees.