How To Get Rid of Blackberry Bushes

By Subodh / January 24, 2011

Blackberries have quite a number of users. Therefore, you hardly want to waste them. You should probably pick every last one of them, and then find a way to get rid of some of the bushes if they spread too far into a garden, lot, or walk way.

The Main Concern

Blackberry bushes have thorns. Therefore, if they extend to far into walking paths they can cause an injury. They often grow very quickly and they are not even easily removed by mowing, cutting, or burning.

Even bulldozing them sometimes seems to be a challenge. However, you have to do what you have to do and you should just use whatever method is available to you. It probably would be to your advantage to seek out all methods and choose the one you think is the best for you.

Elimination of Them

The main benefit of getting rid of a blackberry bush that has grown out of control is that it will stop scratching people. It can especially safeguard against injury of a small children or an animal.

Here are some preventive and maintenance tips that should help you along the way:

You should plant them right in the first place. It helps to plan ahead. You should leave enough room to grow all around the area where each blackberry bush is placed. You should, for one, account for this spreading plant’s potentially extensive root system.

Dig deep to remove the roots. Blackberries are a wonderful fruit. However, the reality is that you can only have so many of them. Come time to dig them out you should dig as deep into the ground as possible and reach to the end of the root system. That is the best way to prevent further spreading of this plant.

When cutting, cut as thoroughly as possible. This may not be the easiest method to try but when doing so you should do as thorough of a job as possible. The best way to do this is to cut off certain branches or sections from the root on up. This can be more of a challenge than digging, and cutting to shallow will cause you to need to cut more often as they will re-grow.

Do not procrastinate and do not give up. Blackberry bushes are very persistent. It takes quite a bit of persistence and determination to keep them under control. You can use a variety of methods to remove them or you can use just one method of removal.