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How do you control honeysuckle in woods? Ive got about 1/4 acre of it.  i think it's spreading. Goats are out because it's mostly a ditch that floods pretty bad. I don't think I can keep a fence up that will hold goats. it's about ten miles from my house, so livestock would not be convenient and take a lot of fuel driving back and forth. Is there another way?
 
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Plant poison ivy? Just kidding. I think you have an area that vines do well. You can 1)plant other vines, but they all spread and crush trees (in fact honeysuckle is probably the most benign in my opinion, really easy to cut down with a machete)
2) figure out why vines predominate and change the environment to shift to a preferred system.

I don't know what that means, since I know there is a ditch... in Missouri. I can tell you honeysuckle is bird candy, so you could add other bird candy and let them duke it out like mulberry. You could plant stuff that honeysuckle can't climb like bamboo (might stabilize the ditch!).

I have made peace with the honeysuckle because like death and taxes, you will have vines. They are sunlight scavengers and mooches on other plant's hard-won lignins. If you cant mow it or graze it I would just leave it. It sure beats poison ivy or campsis vines or kudzu or multiflora or raspberry bramble or lots of other things that have the same strategy.

Interested in other people's take on it though.  
 
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I have same problem, there really isn't any way I found to control it unless you just want to go out and cut every single one. The root systems are pretty shallow so when I am clearing fence lines using a root rake on the bobcat they come out pretty easy but otherwise no practical way to control it on large acreages.
 
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Will they get shaded out as the trees get bigger? They probably ha 50 percent shade now.
 
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Honeysuckle tends to leaf out sooner and drop leaf later than other plants. It forms a very complete canopy that shades out most other plants. Generally, the only way I have seen to handle it in an area where it takes over easily is to cut it to the ground and rip out roots whenever possible. Periodically walk the property pulling out younger ones. It is an unending job, unfortunately, thanks to the birds spreading the plants everywhere.
 
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