Wild blackberry vines everywhere.Anything I can do to get rid of them?

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  • Kathy Kathy on Jun 21, 2017
    Buy a goat ,

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 21, 2017
    I would dig them up and make sure you get the roots. Myself, I would try to transplant them in an unused corner or somewhere. Free Blackberries? Always delicious! Have had them before in the past and let them live and multiply at the back edge of the yard where there we had scruffy shrubs and trees and an over abundance of wild grape that I was always fighting. It was rental property so I couldn't take out or improve on the shrubs or trees.

  • Carole Triplett Brooks Carole Triplett Brooks on Jun 21, 2017
    Digging
    1 Cut the stems of the plant down to the root ball. With gloved hands, bundle the stems in a tarp without leaving behind any bits of plant on the ground. A new bush can grow from a short stem cutting.
    2 Dig down and around the root ball of the bush. Digging up the root ball won't eradicate the plant since blackberries can propagate via rhizomes, but it will make tilling the soil easier.
    3 Till the soil frequently to destroy any new blackberry growth. Till the soil once a week or whenever you see new plantlets.

    4. Cover the soil with heavy plastic and a 4 to 5 inch layer of mulch.

    Mowing
    1 Clip back tall stems at their bases and carefully dispose of the cuttings.
    2 Cut the plant down to the ground using a lawn mower.
    3 Repeat the process weekly. While mowing stimulates the growth of roots and the formation of suckers, the plant will eventually starve without leaves for photosynthesis.

    Herbicides
    1 Apply a topical herbicide such a glyphosate or triclopyr to the leaves and stems of the bush. It is important to spray the bush at the time of year when the plant is moving sugars from its leaves into underground storage. According to the University of California, bushes consisting of primarily first-year canes should be sprayed in the late summer while bushes with mostly second-year canes should be treated in the fall.

    2 Alternately, treat the soil around the bush with a herbicide such as tebuthiuron. Be aware, however, that tebuthiuron is nonselective and will kill grass, flowers and other shrubs near the blackberry bush.

    3 Retreat the blackberry bushes the following season if necessary.

    Things You Will Need

    Garden shears
    Tarp
    Shovel
    Tiller
    Plastic Mulch Mower
    Herbicide
    Gloves


    Tip
    Blackberry bushes subjected to environmental stressors such as drought will not transport sugars properly. Consequently, topical herbicides are rendered ineffective in such situations.Mix herbicides in the concentration recommended by the manufacturer. Stronger concentrations do not eradicate the plant faster.Plant an aggressive grass or a broad-leafed perennial to compete with the blackberry bush.

    Warning
    Don't spray herbicides on plants whose fruit might be eaten.

  • Granny Granny on Jun 21, 2017
    buttermilk on roots ..kills anything