Wild Rose Bush. How do you kill?

I'm renting my grandparents house that was built in the 50's. There is a Wild Rose Bush that they and their neighbor have been trying to kill for decades. I've chopped it down and sprayed with Roundup. I know. TERRIBLE. But, I want it gone!! Please help.

  7 answers
  • Just Retired Just Retired on Jul 01, 2017

    im afraid digging it out would be your best option if you want it gone for good

  • 13526476 13526476 on Jul 02, 2017

    Seriously, some of these "wild roses" can really be an "antique" variety which can be sold for up to $50. I recently purchased an old Seven Sisters rambling rose for $30 (because we had one in my childhood home and I wanted that remembrance again). That said...pardon my tangent, the best way to remove an unwanted rose is to cut it back to just above the ground and dig it out. You can expect some mighty big roots, so you'll have your work cut out for you! You may want to offer the rose bush free to someone else who loves these generational roses...just a thought 😆

  • Glynda Glenn Bentsen Glynda Glenn Bentsen on Jul 02, 2017

    This may be a valuable rose to someone. I would contact a garden center or your local agricultural office and ask if there is a gardening or rose club that has members who would be willing to cut it back, dig it up, and transplant it. They should really be moved when dormant. In central Texas, I know that February and March are good months. Someone more knowledgeable than I am may be able to try it now. If you have any relatives in your grandparents generation, you may find out a special story about the rose.

  • Pde24756447 Pde24756447 on Jul 02, 2017

    Why would anyone try to kill a vintage rose? Have you smelled it? The fragrance may be subtle but these are the original scented roses? Modern roses that have been hybridized like the 'teas' do not have a fragrance.

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Jul 02, 2017

    If you still want to kill it, cut it back until you have a short stump to work with. Use a drill to hollow out the stump and fill this cavity with salt. Moisten the salt but don't wash it out, and keep adding salt and water until you are victorious!

  • Diana Brewer Diana Brewer on Jul 05, 2017

    If you put all that salt in your soil,it will never grow anything else.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 14, 2023

    Digging is the most labor intensive way for removal, other than that, drill and salt will kill it, you could cut it down and paint the raw stems, nothing will grow through them, if you get shoots appearing, break them off and paint.