How to Kill Laurel Bushes

Written by jack burton
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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.

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Things you need

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

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  1. 1

    Prune the plant to a few inches above the ground.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

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