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Treating Bush Honeysuckle

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From: S. Pearce
City:
Fairfield, IL
I have a 10 acre wooded lot with a heavy infestation of mature Asian Bush Honeysuckle in the understory.

To get it under control I have heard the recommended treatment is to spray a solution of 2% Glyphosate on the leaves of bushes under 4 feet tall, and 20% Glyphosate treatment on the cut stumps of bushes over 4 feet.

Do you have any other suggestions ?

Thanks.

 
Extension Message
From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
jhayek@illinois.edu
Foliar: 1.5 - 2.0% glyphosate + nonionic surfactant

Cut Stump: 17-25% triclopyr BEE + basal oil solution.

Excellent publication regarding control of bush honeysuckle from Ohio State: http://ohioline.osu.edu/for-fact/pdf/0068.pdf

Beware of off-target herbicide damage!

Please note you are required by law to follow all pesticide labels!

 
From: B Marti
City:
belleville, IL
Two words, "Brush Grubber"

http://www.brushgrubber.com/

If you have a tractor or 4x4 or 4 wheeler, this is most environmentally sound way of dealing with the bush.

 
Extension Message
From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
jhayek@illinois.edu
I respectfully disagree as "stump pulling" larger diameter woody invasive shrubs disturbs a lot of soil and thus creates additional, disturbed habitat for recolonization by weeds and invasive species.

Therefore, I believe the judicious use of registered pesticides is more environmentally sound compared to stump pulling and associated soil disturbance.

 
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