Removing Blackberries Without Herbicides

Gold Post Medal for All Time! 899 Posts
June 29, 2013

tackling blackberries 1Tackling blackberries is a pain in more than one way. With the proper clothing and equipment, you can pull blackberries without injury.



  • 1 set Blackberry Pulling Gloves
  • long pants, preferrably 2 layers
  • long sleeves, preferrably 2 layers
  • rubber boots
  • loppers, if necessary


  1. Wear long sleeves. A denim shirt or jacket is best. Otherwise a sweatshirt with another shirt underneath may work.
  2. long sleeves
  3. Wear long pants, such as jeans. If you have a pair of long underwear, those work as a good under layer.
  4. Wear rubber boots, with your pants tucked inside. The thickest blackberries will be about shin height.
  5. long pants and boots
  6. Assemble a set of blackberry pulling gloves.
  7. blackberry pulling gloves

  8. Now you are ready to tackle those blackberries and WIN! :)
  9. tackling blackberries 2
    tackling blackberries 3
  10. NOTE: If possible, pull the blackberries out with the roots. You can use loppers to cut off the tall stuff for better access, if necessary.
  11. get the roots
Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 2
Read More Comments


July 11, 2013

Tackling blackberries is a pain in more than one way.

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes


Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

February 20, 2018

I am trying to get rid of blackberry bushes that have invaded a blueberry field. I don't want to use anything chemical and have been cutting them out, but of course they grow back.

Any thoughts on how to get rid of them without digging out roots would be greatly appreciated!


Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,298 Posts
February 20, 20180 found this helpful

Do you water this blackberry bush?

The best solution would be to cut and remove as much root as you can. And of course, dig out everything but you want to avoid that route. Can anyone help you?

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Gold Post Medal for All Time! 677 Posts
February 20, 20180 found this helpful

Make sure you till the soil frequently to discourage new growth. You can also put a layer of black plastic and 4-5 inches of mulch.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Bronze Post Medal for All Time! 105 Posts
February 20, 20180 found this helpful

Did you happen to know that vinegar is a homemade organic weed killer that won't damage your soil or surrounding plants. This would be the best if you purchased several gallons of vinegar.


You'll need to cut the plant down to the root ball, dig around the root ball and add your vinegar. This should do the trick and kill the roots of the plants and any new growth that the plants are producing.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Silver Post Medal for All Time! 267 Posts
March 7, 20180 found this helpful

I live in the Pacific NW and we are always fighting blackberries. You have to dig them up if you are not going to use any type of poison. What I would recommend is to cut it off at the ground level whenever you see any new growth.

When the blueberry growing season is done, I would carefully dig up the blueberry bushes, remove the blackberry root and then replant.

Good luck, they are difficult.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
June 8, 20220 found this helpful

Dissolve 2cups salt in 1gallon vinegar, apply with hand sprayer on blackberry leaves avoiding the blueberry plants, this also eventually kills the roots. NO DIGGING!!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question

December 3, 2016

This is a page about making homemade blackberry pulling gloves. Removing blackberry plants manually can leave you with lots of thorns in your hands unless you protect them well.

Homemade Blackberry Pulling Gloves

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes
In This Page
Home and Garden Gardening AdviceDecember 4, 2016
Thanksgiving Ideas!
Halloween Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2022-10-23 09:57:55 in 3 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2022 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.