Invasive Vine Growing on My Lawn?

Asked June 7, 2018, 10:03 PM EDT

Hi there! I was wondering if this plant that has spread in parts of my lawn is an invasive species. I saw it wrapped around my native bee balm. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks!

District of Columbia County District of Columbia

1 Response

This is bindweed, a difficult weed that looks like a white morning glory:

It is tough to get rid of, but not considered a foreign invasive plant.

Do not let it flower and produce seeds. Pull it as soon as it appears in order to starve the roots and kill them.

Even a herbicide with glyphosate product (which is a systemic and goes into the roots), has a hard time killing it. 24-D is fairly effective (be VERY careful about drift onto other plants), but must be combined with continuous pulling to weaken the root system. Two very early fall applications of herbicide, spaced about 2-3 weeks apart, may help.