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DArby



Joined: 03 Feb 2006
Posts: 29
Location: Bedfordshire
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 10:05 am    Post subject: Bramble removal  Reply with quote    

Anyone got any good suggestions for removal.

As much as i dig down i cant seem to get it all out.

Any suggestions appreciated.



Thanks



Dean.

monkey1973



Joined: 17 Jan 2005
Posts: 683
Location: Bonnie scotland
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

keep digging.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 35117
Location: yes
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

see my allottment is overgrown for digging tips .
good luck ,any bits you miss will spout .

dougal



Joined: 15 Jan 2005
Posts: 7184
Location: South Kent
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If they really are in the wrong place, (hey, I like brambles, OK) let them shoot, then hit them with a *systemic* weedkiller, such as one containing Glyphoshate.
- this should not harm the soil or other growing things unless you splash them with the stuff. It even used to be recommended by organic guru Geoff Hamilton for clearing stubborn weeds. As chemicals go, its useful without being terribly 'nasty'...
- but expect to have make multiple applications, perhaps at fortnightly intervals.
- crush/crumple some leaves, before painting the stuff on, so its taken in better.
- similarly, mixing in a bit of wallpaper paste makes it gloopy so that it stays in contact for longer.
- it works best when the plant is growing strongly. Hence, cut it back, and encourage it to send up nice fresh shoots for you to treat.
- the weedkiller applied to green leaves is taken down by the plant to kill its roots. The treated shoots are left to wither. But brambles don't give up easily - hence the need for re-application to fresh shoots! You can win completely, but it'll take a few treatments.

monkey1973



Joined: 17 Jan 2005
Posts: 683
Location: Bonnie scotland
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dougal wrote:
You can win completely, but it'll take a few treatments.

The same would apply to digging out the roots

Naomi



Joined: 26 Mar 2005
Posts: 1945

PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I managed to clear a big patch of bramble, by allowing my horse and my sisters goats to browse on it.
Eventually (after several months of it trying to send up new shoots) it just gave up growing!
I know getting a horse on an allotment isn't a viable option ,but continually cutting it down to ground level as soon as it grows, may help reduce it ?
A patch of bramble in an unused corner isn't too bad a thing to have anyway, as the blackberries from them make lovely wine!

monkey1973



Joined: 17 Jan 2005
Posts: 683
Location: Bonnie scotland
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bramble jelly mmmmmmmm

Naomi



Joined: 26 Mar 2005
Posts: 1945

PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Apple and bramble pie.... double mmmmmm mmmmm

dougal



Joined: 15 Jan 2005
Posts: 7184
Location: South Kent
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

monkey1973 wrote:
dougal wrote:
You can win completely, but it'll take a few treatments.

The same would apply to digging out the roots

To beat brambles by digging alone takes an awful lot of digging!
After three years, and with some roots disappearing under next door's fence, I resorted to the alternative of glyphosphate...

dougal



Joined: 15 Jan 2005
Posts: 7184
Location: South Kent
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Naomi wrote:
A patch of bramble in an unused corner isn't too bad a thing to have anyway...
Its a great thing to have!
And its great security fencing too...

monkey1973



Joined: 17 Jan 2005
Posts: 683
Location: Bonnie scotland
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dougal wrote:
monkey1973 wrote:
dougal wrote:
You can win completely, but it'll take a few treatments.

The same would apply to digging out the roots

To beat brambles by digging alone takes an awful lot of digging!
After three years, and with some roots disappearing under next door's fence, I resorted to the alternative of glyphosphate...

Ours mostly come from next door

Bernie66



Joined: 14 Jan 2005
Posts: 13967
Location: Eastoft
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dougal wrote:
Naomi wrote:
A patch of bramble in an unused corner isn't too bad a thing to have anyway...
Its a great thing to have!
And its great security fencing too...


Superb security fencing!!!

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