Although wild roses (Rosa spp.) Are sometimes developed for their fragrant, attractive blossoms, they are also covered with little thorns and form dense thickets that could crowd out other plants and soften walkways or other places. While various herbicides may kill wild rose bushes, you may want to steer clear of chemicals because of the effects on nearby plants or because of wider concerns about herbicides. You can remove wild roses without using herbicides, although it will take more effort.
Cut the above-ground part of each wild rose back to a few inches above ground level to remove the majority of the thorny stems and make it easier to dig in the region.
Water the ground in the region slowly and deeply about a day until you plant to dig the roots up. This will make the soil easier to penetrate and allow you to pull out more of the root system in one piece. Parts of the root system left in the ground may re-sprout.
Dig up each rose plant’s root system, working in a place that extends at least six inches out from the stem and 6 inches deep. The wild rose can re-sprout from small segments of the root system left from the dirt, so remove as much of their root system as possible.
Destroy or dispose of this wild rose plant debris away from desirable roses to prevent the accidental spread of diseases or pests. Avoid leaving any pieces of the eliminated rose plants in direct contact with dirt to prevent establishment from the disposal site.
Monitor the area regularly and pull or dig up any new leaf seedlings or sprouts that originate.