By Kathleen Mierzejewski
If you want to know how to get rid of nightshade (Atropa belladonna), you need to remember that it can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Nightshade is not a pleasant plant to have around. Sometimes referred to as Belladonna, deadly nightshade, or bitter nightshade, is poisonous to small children and animals. You definitely want to plan on getting rid of viney nightshade. You do not want children or dogs and cats to eat any of the nightshade berries. For this reason, many people want to know how to kill nightshade.
Killing Nightshade Naturally
One way of getting rid of viney nightshade is to dig it out. This method works if you don’t have a whole lot of the plant around. Be sure to dig deep enough to get all the roots so you don’t have new growth.
Remember that when killing nightshade, frequent and thorough cultivation is absolutely necessary so that these plants do not come back.
How to Get Rid of Nightshade
This plant is extremely vicious and will come back after most treatments with anything that is a simple natural remedy. Remember that this is a poisonous plant, and, as such, it is difficult to get rid of. It takes some thought and persistence when trying to get rid of nightshade.
You can try killing nightshade by using an herbicide that contains glyphosate. The glyphosate will kill nightshade but also anything around it, so be careful when using it. You don’t want to get any overspray on your other plants or shrubs while working on getting rid of viney nightshade. You will want to be sure to apply the glyphosate when the temperature is above 60 degrees F. (15 C.). Also, make sure it is not going to rain for at least 24 hours. This way the herbicide doesn’t wash away, or you will have to start all over.
If, after a few days, you see the leaves on the nightshade start turning yellow, you have been successful in killing nightshade. Once they die off, dig out the plants as soon as possible, making sure to get as much of the root structure as possible. You might have to repeat this process more than once to get rid of nightshade completely.
As you can see, it is not impossible killing nightshade, but it does take some planning and work. A little diligence definitely pays toward your success.