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From: Janet Schwarz
Grimes, IA
I have a wild rose bush growing next to a tree that I need to remove. The bush is growing through roots of the tree so cannot be dug out.

How can I kill this rose bush without damaging the tree?

Thank you. Janet

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From: Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
DuPage/Kane/Kendall Unit
You might consider two different approaches. Frequent pruning of the rose down to the ground starting a bud break until the food reserves are depleted and the rose dies. The second and this depends on what is allowed in Iowa is the use of a non selective translocatable herbicide that is SELECTIVELY APPLIED TO THE ROSE ONLY. Often time the best time is just before blooming where reserves are at their lowest.

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