viney thing, growing on ground ..

Asked April 15, 2017, 4:37 PM EDT

took over a dry slope, north facing, by water. stem is quite red

Anne Arundel County Maryland

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This is Japanese honeysuckle, an invasive plant in Maryland. Honeysuckle has been around for a long time, but it has become more invasive over the years and more damaging to parks and natural areas. It is highly aggressive, out competing native plants, and taking over disturbed soils or bare soils.

It is impossible to leave soil bare. Some plant will move in. Best to have a plan ahead of time and be ready to replant, whenever you need to clear soil.

You can mow and spray or simply spray to kill the vines. But, again, be ready. Know how you want to replant. Here is an excellent fact sheet about getting rid of Japanese honeysuckle on the Weeds Gone Wild website: