How to Get Rid of Wild Morning Glories


Morning glories are long, green vines that produce deep purple and white flower blossoms shaped like a trumpet. Although homeowners purchase morning glories to plant, they also grow wild. Over time, wild morning glories can overtake the landscape and become a nuisance. In these cases, it's best to get rid of the plants. The only way to get rid of wild morning glory is to use a nonselective herbicide. Hand weeding typically is not effective since any part of the root left in the ground will regrow. If you break the roots, each section will sprout into a plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket or cup
  • Herbicide with glyphosate
  • Disposable gloves
  • Sponge paintbrush
  • Open a bottle of herbicide that contains glyphosate as the main ingredient. Pour some of the herbicide into a cup or a bucket if you have a large infestation of wild morning glories.

  • Put on disposable gloves and dip a sponge paintbrush into the herbicide solution until the sponge is saturated.

  • Apply the herbicide to all exposed stems and leaves of the vines until they are wet and shiny. Repeat the process on each and every vine.

  • Wait for the amount of time indicated on the herbicide bottle and examine the vines to ensure they are dead. If necessary, re-treat any green areas of the morning glory vines with the herbicide.

  • If the wild morning glories are in an area without other vegetation, spray the herbicide on them instead of painting it on. Glyphosate will kill anything it touches.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wait until the fall or late spring when temperatures are moderate. These times of the year wild morning glory vines absorb more nutrients and are more susceptible to the herbicide.


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