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How to get rid of an invasive Trumpet Vine


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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 29, 2012 7:25:58 AM PST
Peregrinn says:
No. Don't plant it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 29, 2012 8:37:09 AM PST
Andrew Lopez says:
salt destroys the soil. just use the hot water. see my comment below

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 29, 2012 8:38:24 AM PST
Andrew Lopez says:
bad
kills everything
bad for the soil

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 29, 2012 8:39:19 AM PST
Andrew Lopez says:
works as well without the salt
try horticultural vinegar which is stronger

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 8:43:41 AM PST
Andrew Lopez says:
TV can be controlled by spraying the leaves as the come up with a strong solution of OTKO which is an organic citrus solution. use 50/50 with water. if you stop the plant from producing food from its leaves, it grows weak then dies.
i would also never use anything with high nitrogen any where near it.Don't Panic It's Organic! Organic Gardening Manual (Don't Panic, It's Organic!© Series)

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 5:34:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2012 5:36:05 PM PST
Hi:
The local landscapers here in SoCal are beginning to use vinegar as a environmentally safer pesticide. What they use here is a triple-strength horticultural vinegar, though, and is not cheap, but much cheaper than Roundup. Check out Bradfieldind.com for more info. I had to buy mine at a local agricultural supply, where I was told that it cannot be applied if the night time temps are below 50 degrees. That is not in the instructions, just what the local landscapers have discovered. Me, I am going with landscape cloth and lots and lots of mulch this year and we'll see how it goes. I'll keep an eye on these postings, as I am always interested in new plants to try down by the beach near San Diego. Oh wait, that refers to the sub-tropical posting!

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 12:17:24 PM PDT
Mud Duck says:
I bought a house about 8 years ago that was so badly covered in Trumpet Vine that you could only see the front door, the garage door and one large window. Everything else was Trumpet Vine. EVen in the garage and attic, trumpet vine holdfasts everywhere. They look like 3 toed mice tracks.

I found that the runners are never more than about 18 inches deep, so I dug a trench around my house and pulled up every root I could find. 2nd year I found a few starts where I had missed a root, I simply dug these out as soon as they poked a green leaf that I could identify. 3rd year, no more Trumpet Vine on my property.

Unfortunately, what was on my property also propagates by seed, so my neighbors all got starts from my house. Now they pay me back. Every spring I walk around my yard pulling Trumpet Vine once I recognize their cotyledons (first non-true leaves). If you don't let them root, they don't develop the thick roots that simply will not die.

As for the person with TV in his Althea (Rose of Sharon), Althea transplants nicely especially at this time of year. Simply dig it out keeping enough roots to restart the growth and pull all of the TV roots out of the hole. Putting vinegar, salt or many poisons on the TV will also damage or kill the Althea.

And those who said to put Roundup on the vine or cut the vine and soak it in Roundup, you really don't understand how Roundup works. It must be sprayed on an actively photosynthesizing leaf. Spraying it on the ground, in a trench or even injecting it into a branch is a complete waste of time. As would be spraying Roundup when the plant is dormant or for any other reason not actively growing and photosynthesizing.

Trumpet Vine, like most noxious weeds, is a beautiful plant if you put it in the right place. Not in your garden, not against your house, but along a fence in a horse pasture or something like this.

And don't forget about all of the wonderful wasps and hornets that are attracted to the Trumpet Vine flowers. Don't we all want more wasps and hornets in our yards and gardens?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2012 12:24:18 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012 7:22:41 AM PDT
J. Messick says:
No way. You're dreaming. don't go there! you'll regret it forever.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 1:04:44 AM PDT
Heh, had to look this one up- had no clue what a trumpet vine was. Guess it doesn't grow here. We have field bindweed (hatehatehate it) and since the roots are often 10+ feet belowground it shrugs off anything you can do to it. I laughed at the chicken solution offered earlier, because eventually I figured out that if I let them in the beds it was invading my ducks would hunt for it and eat every bit of bindweed they saw. Eventually it got tired and gave up, ducks ate well in the meantime.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2012 9:16:07 AM PDT
Try to use salt the kind you use in winter.. if you have a water softerner the salt pellets works too.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 10:16:57 PM PDT
The best way to get rid of almost any plant is to fertilize it.

Then, don't water it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 12:04:32 AM PDT
NO! Don't even think that will work. The TV roots will go deeper. TV and Bermuda grass are the bane of anyone who wants to garden with anything else.

If I ever move I will check the whole neighborhood for TV, Bermuda grass, and Elm trees! The elm seeds are thick on the ground now and they sprout easily. You have to get them out while they are less than 2" or they roots are too long and strong.

The worst is the Bermuda grass. I asked the Ag extension person what to do about it after fighting it for 7 years. She said "Learn to love it." sigh.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 10:43:26 AM PDT
rae says:
I know this will not apply to most people, but if you live on an acreage give it a shot. I live on five acres and the back two and a half acres were covered in Trumpet Vine and the vines were killing my trees so I threw a chain as high up as I could and started wrapping it down until I almost used up a twenty foot chain. Then I hooked it to the tractor and started pulling. As soon as a substantial portion of the vine was down out of the trees I moved the chain as close as I could to the ground and started pulling again. I repeated this process going deeper and deeper until I was finally seeing feeder roots. I was in quite a large hole when I finally just pulled the heck out of the plant. There were roots and vines that pulled out of the dirt twenty five feet away from the stump I was pulling and I found that several vines with stumps as big as 5 inches in diameter were connected to other vines. I just kept working from vine to vine pulling the tops out of the trees first and in about a week I had reclaimed over an acre. That was last year and in that area I haven't seen any sprouts...yet. My point is...this vine has a very substantial root system far below where you are working and if you really want to get to the "root" of the problem you need to plan on digging or pulling with equipment as I did. Good Luck!! In response to Bruce...I've been standing in holes wrapping chain around root systems where I was below ground level (six feet). I have no idea how old these vines are or if they could have been controlled. But from my experience in getting rid of them I would never plant them. They get very heavy and in my case I lost the entire tops of trees in an ice storm because of the weight of the vines when covered in ice on extended branches.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2012 4:21:00 PM PDT
C. Mcn says:
just get plastic chickens and build a coop for them....that can't be that illegal

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2012 4:28:54 PM PDT
C. Mcn says:
i keep the grapes growing low and use bird etting to keep the grapes safe, it works

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 4:36:48 PM PDT
I HATE TRUMPET VINE!!!!!!! YES I'M YELLING! It has pulled down my fence...killed trees nd shrubs...its like kudzu....persistent, prolific and pervasive. Pretty yes but I can think of a lot of plants prettier nd not destructiive. I have so much I dont know how to begin to get rid of it. Coming up all over my yard. I can work on mine but my neighbors on the other side of the NEW fence could care a less. @#$/\

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 4:38:55 PM PDT
I HATE TRUMPET VINE!!!!!!! YES I'M YELLING! It has pulled down my fence...killed trees nd shrubs...its like kudzu....persistent, prolific and pervasive. Pretty yes but I can think of a lot of plants prettier nd not destructiive. I have so much I dont know how to begin to get rid of it. Coming up all over my yard. I can work on mine but my neighbors on the other side of the NEW fence could care a less. @#$/\

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 7:59:00 PM PDT
I HATE TRUMPET VINE!!!!!!! YES I'M YELLING! It has pulled down my fence...killed trees nd shrubs...its like kudzu....persistent, prolific and pervasive. Pretty yes but I can think of a lot of plants prettier nd not destructiive. I have so much I dont know how to begin to get rid of it. Coming up all over my yard. I can work on mine but my neighbors on the other side of the NEW fence could care a less. @#$/\&*...need a quick ez solution...(short of moving) cuz I'm worn out from the fight! Cathie

Posted on May 27, 2014 2:37:46 PM PDT
We planted a TV as a "border fence" thinking it would make a nice arbor between us and our neighbors yard. That was four years ago, it has since "appeared" at locations 9' away in a flower bed next to the house, which meant it traveled 9' under a concrete slab. In addition it has shown sprouts this spring in my 2' raised bed garden 25'-30' from the original we planting. TV seems to go where we would never expect.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 1:54:00 PM PDT
Carla Minock says:
Having some success with 1 gallon vinegar mixed with 2 cups Epsom salts and 1/4 original Dawn (blue) dish detergent . Spray on a hot dry day and keep repeating and reapply after a rain. Better for the earth and wildlife than poison but takes some work

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 8:21:36 PM PDT
Valentina G. says:
We just installed new above ground pool close to our pergola with big trumpet vine and found out new shoots everywhere. Can it grow thru the liner of the pool? I'm terrified!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 6:00:43 PM PDT
my former neighbor had a mini jungle...trumpet vine was only one of several invasive plants...new neighbor cut the vine down after it had broken thru 'our' fence...now, i have the runners popping up in over a dozen places in my front lawn from under that fence...i just shake my head and use my little weed tool before mowing every week...those runners will outlive me

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 4:16:42 AM PDT
Gloria says:
Hopefully it will travel under the pool like the person described it traveling under 9 feet of concrete .......and not grow thru the liner.....but I don't now of course. I had it travel from a neighbor's fence under the pine straw in my flower bed and pop up then.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2014 6:38:52 AM PDT
Valentina G. says:
It is already popped out on other side of the pool. I just hope it will not get thru the liner. We are going cut down beautiful but invasive vine.
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