Wild Raspberries: to mess with or not?
I have recently moved into a home on the countryside of western PA, and have taken inventory on the wild berries I have growing on the woodlines. I see that I have about 10-different 'patches' of black/raspberries and I want to know if I can 'improve' the yield by clearing out brush around those plants.
Pros: would allow less soil/nutrient competition. Would allow more sun exposure from other invasive species.
Cons: could harm the canes if I am not careful. I might get poison ivy!
Lastly, I know that If I want to increase the size of the fruit (like on a tomato) I can simply reduce a few of the buds and allow a set number of buds to continue to grow. Do berries work the same way?
My more important question will be the clearing around the plant. I would hope that someone has done this with success and can give a testimonial. Otherwise, we will leave em alone this year and hope to have enough to make a bunch of jam and wine!