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How to Get Rid of Japanese Honeysuckle

Japanese Honeysuckle or what is scientifically known as Lonicera Japonica. This is known to be one of Ohio’s top 10 most invasive plants. Honeysuckles are usually woody with semi evergreen vine and oval leaves. Its flowers and fruits usually grow in pairs. This plant thrives in distributed habitats like the roadsides, trails, abandoned fields and the like.

Unfortunately, honeysuckles usually climb over home gardens even small shrubs. This is an aggressive vine that invades almost anything that grows nearby. They are usually active in moist environment and they can grow in either shaded environments or places that are exposed to the sun. Getting rid of this kind of invasive plant can be challenging but very doable. Just follow some of these tips:

Manual removal

This has got to be the cheapest yet the most tiring way to get rid of any invasive plants. If you have a bigger infestation, make sure to have somebody else to help you as this is not an easy task. You have to start pulling the honeysuckle from the ground with gloved hands. If you’re not comfortable with this, you can use a garden hoe. According to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, you have to be able to remove the entire plant (that includes the roots as well) to prevent any re-growth. Lastly, the best time to do this is after a little rain or when the soil is a little moist.


A fungicide can be one of the ways to remove this kind of invasive plant. Just apply a fungicide of your choice to the leaves of the Japanese Honeysuckle. Also, an herbicide with a specific active ingredient of glyphosate (with rate of 2.0 to 3.7 lbs every acre) can also be enough to stop any growth of the honeysuckle. Foliar chemicals also show good results in getting rid of this invasive plant. For better results, apply the foliar herbicide after the invasive plant has produced leaves and when you see that the flowers and fruits have bloomed already.

Application of chemicals to stumps

Another way of applying herbicide t honeysuckles is through the plant’s stump. Simple cut portions of the vines or stems of the vine. It is preferred that you cut through near the honeysuckle’s base and then apply immediately the herbicide to any exposed inner tissue. For this particular method, an herbicide with a glyphosate rate of 19 to 25% is a good way to go. You can also use a chemical that has a 5% Imazapyr in it.


This method is a follow-up method to make sure that there is no successful re-growth of the honeysuckles. To be able to control and prevent any of those, just constantly check the area and mow the location from time to time.

Call in the pros

If you don’t have time to get rid of this honeysuckle, highly consider calling in a pest control company.  These companies will not only be able to spray on a monthly or even weekly basis, they will make sure that no weeds pop up over the season.  Consider using services such as to find the best quotes in your area.

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