I'm only worried about the honeysuckle and want to reduce it and disadvantage it.
My current plan is to chop and drop the honeysuckle using it as a mulch. From there I would like to plant other plants to take its place. We have plenty of black berries and wild rose on the property so I would like to use other plants.
Have any suggestions to replace this bush?
In the future I will have bees on the farm and chickens but I live 80min from the farm so I'm not doing much that will need attention at first. (Working of getting everything ready to build.)
The honeysuckle is only located in the under story. When chopping and dropping I will be dropping them at the site where they were chopped from, so if they root it will be competing with the original plant. Later I will go back and do it again, all during this time I will be adding other plants in the area to compete.
Right now, the honeysuckle has a lot of energy stored in its roots that will be used to make leaves. If you cut it now, the honeysuckle will simply respond by sending up a massive number of water shoot branches in the spring.
Sean Henry wrote:
In the future I will have bees on the farm ...
If your honeysuckle looks anything like mine:
Leave it alone. The bees go insane over it!
Sean Henry wrote:We do not have japanese honeysuckle from what I can tell japanese honeysuckle is a vine with the fruit being black. What we have is a bush with red fruit, I will work on identifying what variety it is later this year but it is a bit hard to pick 1 from 180 varieties.
Odds are that you've got tatarian honeysuckle. It's pretty widespread in North America - http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=lota