How do I get rid of vinca - ground cover?


I have a small garden in front of my house that has vinca a ground cover plant that has gone wild. How do I get rid of the over growth and scale it back?

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    Try to dig it out. We had this problem, and we dug it out where we didn't want it and replanted it in another place that looked kind of vacant. It took real well. Hope this will work for you. It is not an easy thing to do, but it can be done.

    • Deb22697103 Deb22697103 on Sep 03, 2018

      Thank you, I have tried to dig out some every year and give it away to friends and strangers that have bare spots or need a filler. Guess i’ll Have to to be more generous with my giving.

  • Lori Fitzgibbon Lori Fitzgibbon on Sep 03, 2018

    Oh my this stuff starts out as lovely and tends to take over. I have had the same problem.

    You have 2 options.

    Option centers sell a spray that is for vines, poison ivy, English ivy. It works on this. You have to follow the directions on the back of you have pets and wear gloves.

    When you see it dying off pull it out. I had to spray to host area (wear you planted it, twice, to kill it)

    Option #2 requires more work but is chemical free. Start with the host and dig it up. Be sure you get all the root, it sends off runners and leaving roots is an invitation to grow. Now follow the vine and pull it up. Again, as you pull you will see the roots, get it all. It works best in a damp yard. Ot will take some work and time, lots of it, depending on the growth, and you may have to stay on top of it to keep it from spreading next year.

    A good pair of gloves either way you go is a good investment.

    Good luck!

    • Deb22697103 Deb22697103 on Sep 03, 2018

      I appreciate your thoughts, however I just want to scale back and not completely kill the growth. Either way I can see that it is a lot of work. Thanks so much for your

      knowledgeable answer.

  • Robert Wagner Robert Wagner on Sep 03, 2018

    according to my Master Gardener friend, "you have to kill what you do not want"

    Instead of roundup I use DR Earth products. it may take multiple applications but it is safe for kids and pets.

    It is also known as Periwinkle. some people like it but keep it in a pot. they sell it at garden centers

    I accidentally left to grow in a hanging planter,. I allowed it to touch the ground and I have been paying for my mistake ever since

  • Vicki Vicki on Sep 03, 2018

    I'd like some. wish that was my problem.

  • Vicki Vicki on Sep 03, 2018

    No, unfortunately I live in Australia, a bit far to go..

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