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  •  damp spring is the time to get blackberry in OR -- (12+ / 0-)

    you can pull shoots and get feet and feet of actual root out too-- and that's what will slow it down! we were clearing a park once and I would find the shoots (that were almost an inch thick but the same year's growth), pull very gently (so as not to break off the shoot) until you reach the older part of the root, then haul away! the old root will take a LOT of pulling, coming up through the damp soft soil, so you can get lots of it out. it takes years of this to completely starve out the main root but it's better than poison herbicides.

    oh yeah -- yes blackberry thorns go through cloth gloves -- SO GET LEATHER ONES.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:17:07 PM PDT

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