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  • pasture guru's please speak to me of......

    thorny raspberry plants

    I was spreading lime/fertilizer in preperation for overseeding the pasture on our new farm. while walking around (yes I am having to use a push spreader) I noticed red thorny sprigs and upon closer inspection some had small rapsberrys on them.

    Well, it seems that these things are growing all over the two back pastures and the an isolated 1/2 acre where our manure pile.

    How do you kill this stuff without hurting the grass that is already growing AND how long before I can overseed??????


    I have brush killer we picked up from TSC for the tree line where we have poision ivy, was wondering if I can spray that, but then how long till I can seed? I really need these pastures ready for turnout ASAP to rotate.


  • #2
    I don't have experience w/raspberry plants; our problem is multiflora rose. However I suspect the advice is the same for both: MOW. Just keep mowing regularly so the raspberries don't get taller than the grass and that should kill them (how long, I don't know, could be one year, or a few years). If you mow the grass will be able to grow up and not be overtaken by the raspberries.
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    • #3
      I don't know where you are in N.C., but I'm thinking they are probably Blackberrys if you are anywhere in our end of the state.

      2-4-D will only knock them back for a season or two, but won't kill the grass.

      Arsenal will kill them permanently but will also kill everything it gets on except for pine trees.


      • #4
        Forefront knocks them back and may kill them, time will tell for us. However it leaves the grasses alone.


        • #5
          2,4 - D will work but you will need to monitor and spray every year. We have the same issue and while they are still there the patch is getting smaller.

          ETA - Check the chemical label for reseeding information.


          • #6
            2-4 D to kill. Then mow close and frequent.


            • #7
              A product we use out here against Himalayan Blackberries (those juicy, delicious black delights are really a terrible "kudzu" like menace in the PNW) is Crossbow mixed with a spreader/sticker to make the poison adhere to the fuzzy leaves. Best time to spray is spring or fall when they are really growing. You'll really have to mow as well, as they spread by suckering and through roots.

              If you don't wish to spray, then mowing vigilantly is your best bet.
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              • #8
                easiest and fastest? throw some goats in there.


                • #9
                  I had a bumper crop of them growing over a good stretch of fenceline, I hacked away for many days with hand clippers, and mow close and often, and they have not come back.
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                  • Original Poster

                    Well, apparently my dad knew about these things being in the area we were planning for pasture and didnt mention this a year ago so we could take care of it before we moved.... thanks dad....

                    going to buy some spray and hope that the grass that is there is not killed and that these litttle buggers go away.

                    THANKS for the suggestions!!


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SMF11 View Post
                      I don't have experience w/raspberry plants; our problem is multiflora rose. .
                      OMG I have multiflora rose on my fence lines and they are horrible!

                      I've had great success with Pasture Pro, I cut the bushes at the root with big pruners and then spray the stump and everything else in the area.

                      Pasture Pro kills a lot of stuff and you don't have to wait to let horses graze on areas that you spray.. I personally do but that's just to be super safe.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by suz View Post
                        easiest and fastest? throw some goats in there.
                        ditto that!! or sheep --- both luv! brambles of all kinds

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