Invasive Plant Take Over

Asked September 5, 2018, 3:55 PM EDT

Hi- We have a plant that's taking over our entire backyard. It's growing up the side of the house in one spot and coming up through my deck everywhere. I don't know what it is or how to get rid of it. I see the a root for it in my window well. I have basil and chives growing over there too and have a child so really don't want to use harsh chemicals. Help!

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Greetings! Thank you for contacting AaE for help.

It's hard to tell from the photo. I can't close in on the stem to see if it's thorny and it would help to know if it flowered, when and what color the flowers were. I don't recognize it as any kind of invasive at the moment.

If you want to get rid of it for now without using any harsh chemical and to protect your basil, I'd pull it out and try to get all of the roots so that it doesn't come back.