Should I remove dog rose from my yard?

Asked July 19, 2020, 9:27 AM EDT

It seems some dog rose is growing between my shed and fence. This area was once full of Himalayan blackberry which we removed. Should I remove the dog rose as well? I have planted one little Douglas spirea and an Oregon grape but the rose is quickly out growing those. I think I know the answer bc I know native > non native every time. Any suggestions on what to put between a fence and shed to prevent the unwanteds from coming back?

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Are you sure it's not a Nootka rose https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_nutkana It looks very similar to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_canina. You can definitely prune the rose back to contain it.

It's nearly impossible to 'prevent' unwanted plants because the seed is easily transmitted through wind, birds or other critters. I'm assuming since you have planted Douglas spirea and Oregon grape that the location gets a fair amount of sun. If you want to establish something that is drought tolerant but would form a dense mat that wouldn't be walked on regularly, you might consider kinnikinnick Arctostaphylos uva-ursi You would need to water it through the first one or two summers but after that it shouldn't need supplemental water except for the hottest periods.