vine-like weed that is taking over flower beds

I have a problem with "native plants" trying to take over my flower bed. (i.e. porcelain berry, blackberry, raspberry and mint to name a few)How do I regain control? I pull the volunteer plants as they pop up, but I can't seem to keep up with them. I'm considering digging everything out and laying landscape cloth and starting over. Thanks
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

All of the plants that you mention can become invasive. The blackberry and raspberry spread by canes, so you can usually keep them under control by digging and/or pruning out the unwanted shoots. Mint spreads by runners, so it needs to be kept confined in a container. Porcelain berry spreads not only by vining, buy by seedling berries. So until the main vine is removed, you'll have a constant source of new plants.



If they have taken over the area, it may be best to kill them all off with a nonselective herbicide such as roundup, then use the landscape fabric and mulch to keep them out of the beds.


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