Winter is a good time to control Chinese privet and climbing fern

Privet - James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org
Privet – James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org

Information taken from this article in the Thomas County Ag News

Chinese privet (also called privet) is an invasive weed that escaped from cultivation. It is often found in landscapes and around old homesites, edges of fields and in low areas. According to Dr David Dickens, UGA Extension Forester, this time of the year, a foliar treatment is a good option to control privet.

Basal treatments of privet (spraying the stems) can be difficult because of the large number of branches. Dr Dicken’s says that dormant-season foliar sprays with 3-5% glyphosate provide effective control. Concentrations greater than 5% are not economical.

Take care to keep the spray off the foliage and young green bark of desirable plants. Since  many plants are dormant at this time of year, there should be less effect on non-target plants.

Privet seeds are only viable for one year so in areas where they continues to germinate, the seeds are being introduced by birds or other means.

Climbing fern - Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Bugwood.org
Climbing fern – Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Bugwood.org

UGA Extension Forester, Dave Moorhead, points out that this 3 – 5 % glyphosate spray will also work in controlling another invasive weed – climbing fern.

See the original article here for more information.

Read and follow all labeling directions when using any pesticide!

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