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Best way to get rid of russian vine?

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dodobookends Mon 14-Sep-15 00:30:02

In relative's garden. She has a huge patch of the dreaded russian vine all intermingled with some nice shrubs she doesn't want to get rid of, and it's taken a real hold. We've cut the vines down to ground level as far as possible, untangled it and pulled it all out of the other shrubs (including a pyracantha - ouch!). We're going to get as many roots as we can out as well.

Is there something we can zap it with if (when) it returns? What worked for you?

seventhgonickname Wed 23-Sep-15 14:17:21

Put as much regrowth in a black plastic bag leaving it attatched to the roots,spray liberally with glyophosphate ,tied neck of bag securly and leave.The more you can get in the bag the better as the more leaaves sprayed the better.

Sanchar Wed 23-Sep-15 14:25:07

You need round up stump killer and just poison, poison, poison it!

If you can locate the main trunk saw through and paint the poison on. Otherwise just spray any visible leaves with diluted stump killer.

We ended up getting professional gardeners in to get rid of ours, the roots went on for metres and were putting up shoots, it was terrible stuff.

It's related to Japanese knotweed so prepare for a long battle getting rid of it if you can't get plant machinery to dig it up!!

AncestralRhubarb Sat 26-Sep-15 09:24:01

I tried endless glyphosating, year after year, to no avail. In the end I got someone in to dig it out. The roots went under a fence so we ended up removing and replacing that too (it was rotten anyway). We found an entire Victorian cast iron lawn roller lurking underneath it, as a bonus.

dodobookends Sat 26-Sep-15 20:22:37

Yes, I know it's related to the dreaded Japanese knotweed. Horrible stuff. The problem is that it is all intermingled with a Kerria japonica (which we don't want to poison as well). When we get regrowth, it will be easier to treat it as we'll be able to get at it now.

It's all been cut down to about ground-level now - Kerria included - and the whole patch covers about three square metres of ground. I've found the main trunk(s) which are now cut through, so I'm thinking I might split it lengthways, and put weedkiller on there.

Will report back...

dodobookends Tue 04-Oct-16 11:21:18

Just thought I'd update you all on the Russian vine extermination programme... it's gone - completely!!!

Hooray grin

shovetheholly Tue 04-Oct-16 13:12:54

Well done, that is a victory and a half! I think worthy of a bottle of something fizzy to celebrate wink

dodobookends Tue 04-Oct-16 18:02:12

Haha, I've been waiting all this year for it to raise its ugly head again, but nothing happened, so I think I can finally claim a victory smile

Kr1stina Tue 04-Oct-16 18:04:12

Oh that's great news

Thanks for coming back to update us, it's so useful to know what works

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