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    Default Best way to kill brambles

    My mate has a very overgrown garden and her brother is going to clear it, with some help from me
    Apparently there are lots of brambles, whats the best way of getting rid? They are happy to use a systemic weedkiller but I was thinking it might be best just to dig the beggers out. What do you reckon?
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    I went in with a strimmer (heavy duty) in our old place, blasted them down so I could get to the stems, and then dug them up. Was cut up to high heaven, but this was the final resort -I tried weedol, and other weed killers (one recommended not to be used near anything you dont want to survive, included kids + pets apparantly!). Still grew back, so after I dug them all out, I covered over with matting, and then put slabs/chippings over where I could.

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    They can be stubborn beggars! I have a field full of them, which I have sprayed, allowed to die back, and dug up the 'remains'. The roots however can be very difficult to remove thoroughly. Expect re-growth - I've had plenty. When the weather improves, and leaves appear I'll repeat the process again, and probably again! Roots can be deep, so don't be surprised if 'new' brambles appear in a different place - it’s likely that it’s a new shoot from an old root!
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    I've cut back and dug out to the best of my ability and continue to do so as they crop up. If you get them as soon as they appear they aren't too bad. Personally I wouldn't be happy using the sort of high powered weed killer you'd need to blast them but then I don't use weed killer at all on principle so it depends on what you're happy with really.

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    We cleared some brambles from our garden when we moved in (21years ago) and I still find little brambles trying to push their way up, I don't think you can kill them. I think they are like cockroaches and would be the only thing to survive a nuclear attack.
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    Nuclear war it is then! I had this funny sinking feeling when he said brambles, now I know why
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    At the lottie the ones round the edges get trained along the fence or through the hedges. Helps keep out intruders with the added bonus of blackberries.
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    If they don't mind spraying, try and get hold of some 'proper' Roundup, (try local Landscapers) not the pre-mixed stuff. Only spray when the plant is 'actively' growing. Successive sprays will probably be necessary. When the plants have been weakened sufficiently they're a lot easier to dig/pull out.

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