On occasion City Arborist Terry Willenbrink is asked how to get rid of invasive, non-native honeysuckle and when is the best time to remove it. He reports that a good time to remove it is any time of the year. Now especially may be a good time during the fall brush collection program, starting Sept. 9, to place the brush and debris at the curbside.
To control this invasive plant:
- Cut and remove the honeysuckle.
- Cut the honeysuckle at ground level
- Apply any herbicide, purchased at a local hardware store, to the freshly cut root stem or root trunk.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, “Amur Honeysuckle is a noxious woody shrub, introduced in southern Ohio in the late 1950s but is now rampant across the state and throughout much of the Eastern United States. A native of northeastern Asia, this vigorous, invasive shrub has displaced many native shrubs with its aggressive growth and ability to reseed itself in neighboring areas via bird-dispersed fruits.”