How to Remove Japanese Hops

These recommendations are primarily for homeowners and communities that would like to start working in their neighborhood greenspace. For each species, we recommend herbicide-free control methods but have added an herbicide option for some species for those who are comfortable using them. These methods were selected while keeping in mind limiting soil disturbance, reducing herbicide use, and avoiding harm to other species that may be present whether they be other plants/animals. Manual removal is possible for all of them if you have the time. If the infestation is overwhelmingly severe/large, we suggest you look into professional control.


Removal Difficulty: Easy

Since this plant is an annual, it is very easy to uproot. Although easy to remove individual plants, follow-ups are necessary because water will wash in new seeds, and the seed bank in the soil is likely full of the species.

 

Japanese hops

 

Hand-Pull Ground Vines

The most effective way to remove this invasive vine growing in the ground layer is to hand-pull and uproot an area. This plant is an annual, and therefore has very shallow roots, making it very easy to hand-pull. Although this can be time-consuming, you will have the least amount of regrowth and damage to native plants. When uprooting plants, be sure to tug at one vine at a time to limit the amount of soil disturbance. After removing a segment shake the excess dirt off the roots and toss into a pile to dry out so it cannot regrow. 

 

Hand-pulling Japanese hops

Be sure to wear long sleeves and gloves, as this plant is prickly 

 

Hand-pulling Japanese hops

Locate where the plant is rooted. Hold the plant near the base and pull

 

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