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Garden Tips

Removing wild blackberries - How to get rid of the plague


Wild blackberries are real survivors. If you want to remove them from the garden, you need a little patience. With a little work, however, they can be eliminated.

Wild blackberries are stubborn Are you freaking wild blackberries in the garden because you can't get rid of the plague? Then you are right here. We explain how you can permanently remove wild blackberries from lawns, open spaces and inaccessible areas in the garden. In some cases, however, you need to have a little patience and persistence. Because wild blackberries can be really stubborn. Incidentally, they only grow like wild if you don't keep them in check. That is why you need to raise the blackberries.

Remove blackberries from the lawn

If you have blackberries on open lawns, the solution is very simple: First cut off all tendrils directly at the roots and then mow the lawn regularly and as short as possible. By doing so, they prevent the plants from absorbing enough solar energy through the leaves to grow. Root stocks that catch your eye during the inspection tour should also be removed to shorten the waiting time until the meadow is completely blackberry-free.

Remove heavy blackberry infestation on open spaces

If blackberries are left to their own devices for a long period of time in the open, the garden often resembles a rampant wilderness. The lawnmower is now no longer sufficient to combat it. First remove all shrubs and tendrils close to the surface with a scythe or electric scythe and then dig the ground. The manual work with the spade only makes sense for very small areas, unless you have considerable power and time reserves.

Use a tiller to loosen the soil faster and more thoroughly. If the acquisition costs for a tiller are too high for you, check whether a garden center on site leases the equipment on a daily basis. After working with the tiller, remove the loose roots from the loosened soil. This works easily with an ordinary garden rake. The more thoroughly you proceed, the less follow-up work will be required in the next year.

Remove wild blackberries from inaccessible areas

If you want to eliminate blackberries in inaccessible corners of the garden, you have to remove the plants one by one with the roots. Loosen the area around the rhizome with a hoe or spade to prevent the roots from tearing off near the surface.

Then grasp the plant directly on the ground and use a weed stick to prick a few centimeters away, at a 45 degree angle, deep into the earth towards the root. Ideally, directly under the root. With a little pressure on the weed stick handle, lift the whole plant clean.

I prefer to use an asparagus stick (see picture) because it is very robust on the one hand and very long on the other. So that I can dig out the root very deeply.

Should the root still tear, you will feel and hear it easily. In this case, you have to dig a little more and fish out the remains of the roots by hand.

A final tip: do not compost blackberries

Never compost blackberry vines that you have removed from your garden. Individual shoots can easily form new roots, which will then also find a rich supply of nutrients on the compost. So play it safe: burn blackberry tendrils together with the roots or dispose of the plant parts in the household waste.