You could always charge people to pick their own while they last when
the berries come into season. You make a few bucks on every bucket and
the bushes get picked clean. Doesn't get any more non-poisonous than
that, provided you have the time and inclination to get into a small
neighborhood berry-selling business.
Otherwise, you could just pull 'em up with a few feet of maybe 1/2"
steel cable (sold at hardware stores) hitched to a back car/pickup/SUV
bumper (that worked for getting rid of a good half-dozen really
overgrown and half-dead evergreen bushes in front of our house when we
moved in), or get yourself a pruning saw and hack 'em off at ground
level. That's pretty non-poisonous, too.
You got 20 plants or 20 acres of them? Tough to deal with. If it is a
workable size, I'd cut the plants down to the ground, then spray with
RoundUp when they sprout about three leaves. Works on asparagus fern,
which, in Florida, is a very tough, invasive weed. RU is expensive, so
using it on an entire plant is do-able but costs.
It will probably take 2-3 years to get those that come from seed already
dropped. Can it be mowed after you get the mature ones out?
I live in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, and it's a BB mecca. I too
bought an infestation. I tried a million things, and hardly anything
What DID work? Nineteen-year-old boys. I hired a couple of them to cut all
the shoots down to the ground, and then I had them pull the cut vines to
the dumpster I had rented for the occasion. You see, if you leave the cut
vines within 8 inches of soil, they'll sprout again! I mowed the area
once a month, and at least twice a month sprayed the inevitable sprouts with
a strong (Twice what was spec'd) concentration of Roundup. During our mild
rainy winter, I'd spray any time the weather looked like it was going to be
dry for two hours or more. After about 18 months, I've cut back to
spraying once every three months or so. I still mow, though, to keep the
bird-dropped seedlings at bay.
The biggest tip? Have patience- they're a pain but they can be banished.
:) we bought some country land with a major blackberry infestation.
:) and non-poisonous means , that you know of?
:) "If I can not dance, I want no part in your revolution." Emma Goldman
Mow..mow..then mow some more.
It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.
Get some sheep to browse them down and your problem will be solved. My sheep
are better than locusts or agent orange for clearing a field. Maybe there's
s shepherd in your area who could use some extra grazing land for his flock.
Or a goat herd; goats are good at this, too. If not, you can pick up sheep
cheaply at your local livestock auction.
If your situation is such that they may wander onto highways or neighboring
croplands, string some temporary electric fence wire and hook it to a solar
powered charger. You don't have to fence the whole property, just a
half-acre at a time until they've cleared the section, then move the
When the blackberries are gone, put the sheep in the freezer and have months
of lamb chops and roasts. Or use them for the wool. I learned to shear and
my wife spins and knits; now I have a lifetime supply of hats, sweaters,
Here are your choices:
1. Mechanical - Use a brush cutter and remove all vegitation and keep
it that way for at least 3 years. That's how long it takes the crowns
to die out due to lack of photosynthesis.
2. Animals - Goats work well.
3. Chemical - Dupont Escort is the best and you only need about a
tablespoon per 4 gallon tank. Weedmaster (24D) also works and is a
lot cheaper. Roundup also works well if you use it in the fall.
4. Burn it - Use diesel to douse the vines and burn it down then use
#1-#3 to keep up with it.
I had similar tribulations with 60 year old Engligh Ivy (which, along
with BB and Morninglory, comprise the noxious weed list around these
parts). I worked with a pickaxe and a gas hedgetrimmer and crowbars and
everything to get the ivy out. Finally one day I rented a backhoe and
did about a month's worth of work in 3 hours. Best $120 I ever spent.
You can even grate at the ground with the thing once the BB (ivy) vines
are out and rip out most of the roots too. Then it's just spot checking
for the real persistent ones and you're done.
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