The Best Way To Get Rid Of Fast-Growing Chinese Privet In Your Lawn

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To fully eliminate Chinese privet, you’ll likely need to use a combination of different methods. You’ll also have to repeat some of these mechanical control methods multiple times. Mechanical control methods refer to the use of tools and physical techniques to remove weeds. Chinese privet spreads easily and can be quite difficult to remove entirely at once. For small seedlings and saplings, hand pull the plant, being sure to remove as much of the root as possible. Otherwise, new stalks will grow. A weed wrench may help remove the roots, but success isn’t guaranteed.

You can try torch burning for more mature plants. Start by cutting the stems to the ground in April or May. Once they re-sprout in the fall, burn them with a weed torch — this also kills roots and disrupts photosynthesis. Because it’s persistent, the plant may sprout several more times over the following year or so — use the torch again each time. After three or four treatments and two years total, most Chinese privet plants will be fully eliminated. To stay safe, be ready with water and a fire extinguisher in case something goes wrong, and wear safety gear including fire-protective gloves, pants, and closed shoes. Avoid using a torch outdoors if there are many other flammable materials nearby or poisonous plants such as poison ivy, since the vapors will be harmful. If you are unsure, it may be helpful to consult a weed control specialist.

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