how to tend a wild blackberry patch
our property has a couple pretty large blackbery patches. these are natural, wild patches and produce good berries if we can get to them before the animals do. i have just let them be so far but am wondering if there are some minimal things i could do to increase the berry output. as natural patches, the canes are interspersed with other weeds and saplings and such. should i try to thin out these things? the saplings would be pretty easy to cut out, but the weeds are another story. should i try to mulch out the base around the patches during the next winter? or should i just let it be the way it is and spend my time elsewhere? thanks.