How can we get rid of vines that grow at the base of our pecan trees?

Charlie Russom
by Charlie Russom
We have cut these vines and they seem to grow back. When we moved onto the property we cut the new growth and cut the vines growing on the trees and pulled the vines from the pecan trees. We continue to cut these vines and I have tried some organic weed killer but the organic weed killer kills the vines on the tree but it regenerates and the routine starts over. Any ideas are welcomed.

  4 answers
  • Joanna Smith Joanna Smith on May 22, 2018

    Vines are stubborn! Cutting only slows the growth, you have to get them out by the roots. As soon as they begin to grow, start pulling, making sure to get the roots on every one. In one or two summers, they should surrender.

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on May 22, 2018

    keep every bit of new growth cut off as soon as it appears; the plant will eventually die from lack of nourishment. I have heard of people injecting herbicides into the stems of large invasive vines - like wisteria or poison ivy .. use a herbicide for 'woody; vines -- it's still glyphosate but in much higher concentration than 'round-up' for lawns

  • Charlie Russom Charlie Russom on May 23, 2018

    Thank you. We travel a lot and that is part of the problem but I will pull the vines out by the roots or dig them up. We have some wood chips to put around the base of the trees but I wanted to wait until the vines went away. Thanks again.

  • Barbara Gilchrist Barbara Gilchrist on May 16, 2020

    I have big ole native pecan tree right behind my house. It is covered in thick poison oak vines. This spring I sprayed with ready to spray Eliminator. Some leaves dying but will it hurt tree if I spray more?