Privet – How to Get Rid of It

Q: I have privet competing with a 100-year-old scuppernong vine. Any thoughts on how to get rid of it (the privet, not the scuppernong)?

A: The privet is stealing the sunshine your grapes need to become sweet! Persuade an intrepid family member to crawl under the vine and use a hatchet to chop the trunk of the privet. Paint undiluted glyphosate (Roundup, etc) into the wound. The upper part of the privet will die and you can cut it off as needed. When you prune the scuppernong next January, remove the privet trunks underneath the tangle of vines.

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