Hacking at the Branches

Hacking at the Branches

f you’ve ever tried to get rid of an invasive plant from your yard, you know the strategies. Obviously, the most effective method of annihilation is to catch it early and pull it up by the roots before they become too entrenched. If you are not able to pull up all the roots, you may then resort to poison. But for certain vines, herbicides will never penetrate far enough into the stems (above the surface) or the roots of the main trunk (beneath the surface) to kill the plant. Then your strategy probably moves to controlling the vine’s spread by hacking away at the branches wherever you see them crop up. And if you are successful in your hacking, you will at least strip the vine of some of its “fruit.” 

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