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Pruning Japanese Honeysuckle Vines – Early Spring Cleanup
Today was warm and I worked outdoors cleaning up the river
rock wall by pruning the Japanese honeysuckle vines. Last year the vines had not been pruned and
they became invasive.
I like the honeysuckle because in the summer when the
flowers bloom they attract hummingbirds and honey bees but if they are not trimmed
back they will take over the river
rock wall. Here is a photograph of
the honeysuckle that has grown in too thickly on the rock wall.
Japanese honeysuckle on river rock wall
I used an extended handle hedge
shears to cut the massive vines that had grown in so thickly and to protect
my hands I wore heavy duty pigskin yard work gloves
with knit wrist. When pulling vines you
need to protect your hands otherwise they can get cut.
Pruned Japanese honeysuckle on river rock wall
I got the river rock column cleared by cutting the vines
away and I also cleared four feet of vines from the wall. Once the vines were removed I raked away the
leaves that were embedded into the vines.
I am happy that I took on this
early spring yard cleanup job because by pruning the vines from the rock wall
I will also be discouraging the snakes from taking refuge.