Most effective way to get rid of Blackberry Briers

nannerbelle(8A)April 5, 2009

Hey all, I got a couple of sections up close to the house/yard I'm trying to get cleared out for some beds, my big hoop house, and planting areas. Problem is, they are currently occupied by blackberry briers. Anyone know of a good way to kill these out so I can use the area for plantings? I know these things are nasty to get rid of, is the best way Roundup or is there another remedy that would work better? Thanks in advance for any ideas and recommendations!!

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They spread by runners and are considered a woody plant. I personally just pull them up after a good rain, but even so some come back thanks to the runners (in smaller numbers, thank goodness). If you spray them, use the woody formula of herbicide.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 8:57AM
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Goats, followed by chickens. Confined to a sturdy pen these two can rid an area of all scraps of life and leave you some compost/poop in the process. It should take about a year.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 4:33PM
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Thanks ESH, I picked up some Brush Be Gone today to try. It says on the label specifically for woody plants and listed wild blackberry. Think I'll cut it down pretty well with a weed eater and then apply and till well after the the killer does it's thing. John, I love your suggestion but I have hopes of being able to plant in a couple of these areas this year. LOL I had a place in the country many years ago and a bunch of blackberry and weeds in an area I wanted to incorporate in my horse pasture. So one night I was at a horse auction and some adorable baby goats came in to be sold. I had to bring one home thinking I could put him in the pasture and he would help with weed control. Well I brought him home and put him out in the pasture. He would steal the horses sweet feed and wouldn't touch the weeds or blackberry! Well, I had such a soft spot for him, I just ended up keeping him as a pet. The only vegetation I ever saw him eat was to head butt a stalk of corn in my garden and eat the ear of corn when he got it knocked over!! I must be too much of a animal lover to be a good goat farmer! LOL

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 8:03PM
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I think I've done the same thing!! Yep, you have to just barely feed them in order to get them to start eating the briers or weeds or bushes or whatever you're trying to get rid of. Once they get a taste for it you can start feeding small amounts of grain to keep them healthy.

Brush be Gone works well too but sometimes you have to apply it often to rid of everything.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 9:03PM
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I live in the city. I can't have goats or chickens. I have dug and pulled but, they seem to grow as fast as I pull. I'll try the spray. Thanks for the info.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2009 at 1:37PM
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And for more effective uptake of the herbicide, paint it on the freshly cut stems immediately after you whack 'em back. And use undiluted concentrate...just dab a little on each stem and it'll go straight into the plant's vascular system. If you wait more than just a few minutes after you cut the plants back, the wound will begin to heal and "scab" over, reducing the effectiveness. If you've got a large area, I'd suggest this being a two man job. You cut and have someone else follwing closely behind with a sprayer to apply the herbicide. In this case, mix the concentrate, but mix it strong. This also works VERY NICELY for removing rouge english ivy from trees.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 10:56AM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

thanks dawg, I thought I'd gotten the blackberry plant out of the flower bed but now see it's sprouting up 3 feet away.Think I'll do the cut 'n dab method so I can go forth and plant in nearby areas, which I couldn't if I sprayed.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 1:42PM
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Tammy Kennedy

You can also pour a bit of the herbicide in a cup and dip your clippers in it. That saves a couple steps. That's how i conquered a huge area of head high seedling mimosas. Just be sure to really wash those clippers afterwards!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 3:37PM
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You can also cover one hand with a firm latex glove and then slip a soft absorbent cotton work glove over it and just dip that hands finger tips into a small container of RoundUp. Snip the weeds with the other hand and touch the cut ends with the gloved hand.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 5:23PM
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Great ideas folks!!! Thanks to all of you!!! Looks like several of us have blackberries to fight back this year. I will definately be using some of the methods described as soon as I get a dry day or two to start cutting them back.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2009 at 9:42AM
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