In article <3g3jqh$oim at mustang.alleg.edu>, Biomancer <barosb at alleg.edu> wrote:
>Can anyone recommend a solution to getting rid of the blackberries that
>are taking over my yard. I've tried digging up the roots, but they
>always seem to come back. I'm looking for a chemical free solution!!
>>Get rid of them? If you pick them in July when they're ripe you can
>sell them for $2.50 a PINT! And they make great pies and snacks
>>Seriously, though, the only way I know of to get rid of blackberries
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>(they're all over my yard but I like it that way) is a brush-hog type
>mower, followed by cutting everything close to the ground (like cutting
>grass) every week for about 3 months. That's how we cleared what yard
>we have that is clear.
Glyphosate (= Roundup (tm)) plus sprayer when leaves out; two applications
two weeks apart, wait three weeks; mow, chain, burn or hack. Dead.
Guaranteed. Whack any survivors when sprouting the same way. Saves a bit
of energy, and much asfer than rapidly whirling bush hog blades. Works too.
Robert S. Wallace
Assistant Professor of Botany "In cerevisiam veritas est."
Dept. of Botany - Iowa State Univ.
Ames, Iowa 50011-1020 rwallace at iastate.edu FAX: 515-294-1337