Can you identify this vine? It covers everything in late Spring and early...

Asked September 29, 2019, 3:11 PM EDT

Can you identify this vine? It covers everything in late Spring and early Summer.

Greene County Ohio

1 Response

Thanks for your question. It appears from the photo provided that what you have is a type of bindweed. If it produced white trumpet shaped flowers it most likely is bindweed.

If you should decide to eradicate it unfortunately, there is no easy or magic solution. You have to be persistent and keep after it until the root is exhausted. Whether you pick it or poison it, the key is never letting it push enough new foliage to reinvigorate its root.

If you should decide to use a herbicide you can spray (or paint on with a sponge brush) an herbicide without damaging other plants, then you could use a three-way mixture containing dicamba or dichlorprop (combined with the standards 2, 4-D and MCPP/MCPA), which can provide moderate to good control.

The herbicide quinclorac is highly effective at controlling bindweed. Quinclorac is also a component of a few professional products. Quinclorac is available to the homeowner in the products Ortho Weed B Gon MAX plus Crabgrass Control and Bayer Advanced ™ All-In-One Lawn Weed and Crabgrass Killer. Remember that these herbicides are labeled only for use in lawns and can’t be legally or safely used in landscape beds or vegetable gardens. Also read and follow the label directions for safe usage.

I have listed below some links that may clarify your understanding better. Also listed is your County OSU Extension Service which may be able to provide additional information if necessary.

Greene County OSU Extension Office

100 Fairground Rd.
Xenia, OH 45385

Phone: 937-372-9971

Fax: 937-372-4070