Blueberry farm, weeds and poison ivy
We just bought 9 acreas of land with about .5 acres of blueberry bushes planted in 10 rows. Surrounding the bushes are trees and both sides with way overgrown weeds including poison ivy. Between the bushes and also around the roots are more weeds and poison ivy.
We are trying to go organic with no herbicides and are looking for some help on how to proceed.
1. For the trees surrounding the blueberry patch, we are thinking of using a small tractor backhoe to scrape and get rid of the weeds. Then spread either mulch or stone to the surround to prevent weeds from growing. Would spraying a water/salt solution to this area be okay to prevent weeds, but not enough to harm the trees? Any other tips?
2. What is the best way to get rid of the weeds beyween the bushes and at the roots? We are thinking of tilling everything up, spreading mulch around the roots, and then just upkeeping the best we can to get ahead of the weeds. Any other advice?
3. Any idea where to get 20% vinegar locally in Connecticut? Shipping doubles the cost.
Thanks for any help you can provide!