Foliar application to honeysuckle

I have used foliar application on honeysuckle in the following manner.  On a fire break in a ruderal area with no native plants I had mowed down all sorts and sizes of honeysuckle and other woody plants.  The fire break was about 30 foot wide and maybe a quarter mile long.  I made a solution of 4 ounces of Progeny per gallon with 2% methylated seed oil.  I applied this mix with a boomless 50 gallon Kings sprayer from a 30 horsepower tractor.  After two months the application had a good kill on the smaller sized honeysuckle and other woody plants, and had set back the bigger plants, but maybe it was not  going to kill them.  I expect I should repeat that next year for better effect.  If I tried to do that job with a backpack sprayer it would have taken me days.kubota-boomless

Another time to foliar spray honeysuckle could be when the plant is really short, like when they re-sprout after fire or mowing.  Let the plants emerge several inches and turn green.  I applied our 17% Garlon 4 basal bark mix to the leaves and stems of about 40 plants.  I painted a bit of blue on each one. All were dead after three months.  I bet I could have sprayed them with Progeny or glyphosate and also gotten good results.

So my bottom line is you can use foliar spray in ruderal areas or spot spray on short emerging honeysuckle.  Foliar spraying tall shrubs in good vegetation will yield a big circle of off-target kill.

I have two more posts on honeysuckle, one on mowing and one on  pulling it.

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2 Responses to Foliar application to honeysuckle

  1. Brian Oliver says:

    During the winter of ’15-’16 while I was pulling honeysuckle by hand I noticed something unusual. Within the root structure of a half-dozen or more of the plants I found large clusters of ladybugs. These were not the ‘fake’ Chinese ladybugs but the real thing. The first time it happened I thought to myself it was just an anomaly, but when it kept recurring it became suspect. I did some searching and found no information about this. This winter I have not pulled as many plants, but have not experienced the ladybug cluster at all. Any thoughts on this ‘phenomenon’? The size of plants in question were as big as my index finger with some as large as my thumb depending on the moisture content of the topsoil. Just curious, thanks

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