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Wisteria
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Debbie in Virginia    Posted 07-05-2002 at 15:10:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anyone know how to kill Wisteria? We have the stuff all through our woods. It actually pulls trees over and pulls the tops out of them. Some of the vines get up to 8-10 inches in diameter. Cutting them doesn't seem to kill it. We would like to keep some of the trees. Any ideas on what to do with this invasive stuff?


Rachel    Posted 05-24-2003 at 10:19:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It was suggested to me to cut the wisteria down to the ground and then using course salt, make salt water and puor over it about everyother day for a month or so. This is how my boss got rid of her wisteria.


TB    Posted 07-07-2002 at 13:08:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Say? If the vines are that big, why couldn't thay be copper nailed?


Debbie in Virginia    Posted 07-07-2002 at 14:30:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Okay, I'll bite - what do you mean, copper nailed?


TB    Posted 07-07-2002 at 16:39:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
The old timers when there was a tree that they wanted to get red of that might cause dispute would drive some copper nails into it where they couldn't be seen. The copper would slowly poison the tree and would slowly die. It may work on wisteria if the vines are big enough to drive nails into. Might be worth a try.


Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 07-06-2002 at 17:49:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ortho makes a spray called "Brush-B-Gone" that is effective. You will need to manually cut down all the vines you can, and wait for them to leaf out again. Continue doing this as long as it takes, and don't expect a quick-fix. Continue hand-to-hand combat with it at every opportunity...pull up a root, snip a vine, etc. It's tough to resist the spectacular blooming season, but try to kill as much of it as you can, before it goes to seed.


Debbie in Virginia    Posted 07-06-2002 at 16:57:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for all the helpful ideas. I'll tell my husband about the Roundup. He's used it for other stuff before, but I'm not sure if he tried it on the wisteria. I think he did, but not sure. And I will definitely visit the website.

Yes, it is beautiful stuff - for about one week. The rest of the time it is a pain in the neck. My mom asked my husband for some of it, and he told her absolutely not - he wouldn't wish that stuff on his worst enemy, and can't believe people actually pay for the stuff!


Ron/Pa    Posted 07-06-2002 at 04:22:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mornin Debbie,

Roundup makes a brush killer, that is available over the counter.
Now this is not a recommendation, just some ramblings.
I have found that the retail product is usually 1/2 to 1/3 the strength of the restricted use product that we use on the farm.
It may take repeted applications to do the job, and nothing lasts forever. This will not be a one year job, but rather an ongoing yearly chore.
The use of a sticker oil or agent is recommended for broad leaf plants with oily leaves, such as poison ivy.
I purchase the concentrate, as there is no way to strengthen the ready mix.
Try to spray when you will have at least 2 days of rain free weather, as Roundup is a contact killer and will only affect the plants that you spray it on. Getting it washed into the soil will be of no value. It works through the leaves to the roots, not through the roots to the leaves.

Hope this is of some help,

Let us know if it works
Ron


TB    Posted 07-06-2002 at 18:32:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can also give roundup an extra kick on many plants by adding an emulsifier that will let it absorb into the plant quicker and cover the leaves with less spray, and usually takes less time to see results. A good shot of dishwashing detergent usually does the trick, and will also dissipate the oils on plants such as poison ivy and allow it to be absorbed quicker.


Nathan(GA)    Posted 07-05-2002 at 16:58:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know from experience that there are more roots than there is on top of the ground. I tried to dig some up with a backhoe one time. It was a solid mass of roots. The friend I was digging for sprays it with Roundup every year. He's got it under control, but not eliminated!


DHunter    Posted 07-05-2002 at 16:29:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is is the native American variety or is it the Japanese or Chinese variety? They are all in the pea family and can be controlled mechanically or chemically; however, mechanical control is a whole bunch of work. Try the site below, it may be helpful.


WallSal55    Posted 07-06-2002 at 08:17:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Read the website, very interesting. I see they
recommend American Wisteria for an alternative.
I see a lot of tree wisteria in catalogs. Wonder if that would be better than the vine.
Wisteria sure are beautiful! My grandfather had
one, and him and grandma loved it dearly. He let it grow along the garage, where there were
shrubs, kind of a little thicket area where it was
in shade and sun.


Cheryl Maxwell    Posted 08-03-2005 at 15:48:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Three months ago, we spent $2500 for an excavation company to dig up wisteria on our 1/2 acre woods with a tractor and brush hog/rake. They hauled 5 dump trucks of the stuff away. In years past, we fought it with salt, roundup, and total vegetation killer....nothing worked.
Wisteria ate the tool shed and killed trees.

Alas, the above did not solve the problem of wisteria. Wherever there is a root underground, there is new wisteria growing a foot a week. We cut, we spray, the stuff lives. If you don't have wisteria, don't plant it in eastern North Carolina anyway.


East Haddam, CT    Posted 08-29-2005 at 12:37:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I lost the war on wisteria. I sold my house!!! That solved my problem...but my friend keeps digging and digging...and she's still digging!!


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