Blackberry killer wanted

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by kemrefarms, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. kemrefarms

    kemrefarms Head Weed Wrangler

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    Was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for an organic way to kill off those danged blackberry bushes or the poisen oak?
     
  2. Rone

    Rone Active Member

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    Have you tried Crossbow, it's made by Dow AgroScience.
    It works just about all woody plants and won't hurt the grass.
    Crossbow is probaly the must popular here in Southern Oregon.
    I don't know if you can get it in California?
    If you don't live to far from Medford, you can get it at Helena Chemical
    or any Farm Supply Stores.
    Might try this site for a discription:
    http://www.cdms.net/manwebapls/1prodMWA.asp
     

  3. ourfather

    ourfather Well-Known Member

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    Wish I could lend you my MIL, she's picked 1 deep freeze full of berries, plus we have 3 normal freezers full and 2 fridges of berries.

    That woman can gleam a forest in 6 hours.

    Do you have alot of local birds? They are probably passing the seeds in their feces and new plants are starting.

    My dad dug up the bushes by the root and burned them. I think he poured gas into the hole and that killed the roots. We've not had blackberry bushes in 6 years.

    Kat
     
  4. mpillow

    mpillow Well-Known Member Supporter

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    get some goats...they'll chew thru those berries in no time!
     
  5. okiemom

    okiemom Well-Known Member

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    I second the goat idea they will work wonders on blackberries and poision ivy. :dance:

    just call the goat a new fancy breed of dog if your in town :rock: ;)
     
  6. rocket

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    Um... I don't think pouring gas into the ground is a good idea to be passing around. I've heard that it leaves the ground poisoned for a long time.
     
  7. birdie_poo

    birdie_poo Well-Known Member

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    Ever thought of paying some kids to dig them up then selling them on hte barter board??
     
  8. joaniebalonie

    joaniebalonie Well-Known Member

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    hi, i just registered so this is my first post after a couple months of reading only (i did start this previously and hit a wrong key, so i hope 2 don't print). my first thought upon seeing 'blackberry killer wanted' was indeed goats. when i lived in oregon i bought an old farm house and on part of the property were gi-huge-ic! blackberry vines. i was given a goat for a housewarming gift. she was so sweet (although she did munch my roses), and took to clearing the blackberries...well, after the roses were devoured actually. it didn't take long for her to expose an out-house that i had no idea was there because it was completely covered with vines! i got her a friend and between them they kept the place mowed. our property here has a lot of scrub oak and i can't wait to get a couple goats again. but does anyone know how tempting those are to goats? irresistible, i'm hoping. ciao, joanie
     
  9. kemrefarms

    kemrefarms Head Weed Wrangler

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    Thanks for all the good replies but I think I will try something I read in another post, made up of vinegar, salt and dish soap, for starters.