Weed Killer that Won't Kill Grass

October 23, 2010

Hand spraying weed killer onto a largenweed that is in a perfect grass lawnWhat can I use to kill blackberries and thistles, but not kill the grass?

By Michael Wright from Washougal, WA



November 1, 20100 found this helpful

Look for a broad leaf weed killer that is labeled safe for lawns. Most of the phenoxy herbicides (2,4-D, dicamba, MCPA, etc.) will do minimal damage to grasses and take care of the broad leaf weeds just fine. Blackberries will be very hard to kill - many repeated applications of the weed killer will be needed!

December 30, 20101 found this helpful

Black berries are indeed hard to kill. Some areas in Washington state and Oregon have gone to pasturing goats in these areas. Goats naturally will eat the berry bushes first over grass. By keeping the leaves stripped off the plant and eating the new growth they eventually starve the plant to death.


This has happened on my own property when I moved my goats into a pasture with wild roses, russian thistle, mint, snap weed, and cat tails. 3 years later I have a pasture that is primarily grass and clover, the stream is no longer chocked with cat tails and best of all, happy goats.

June 16, 20180 found this helpful

why kill black berries they are good health food

April 27, 20190 found this helpful

Altho good to eat, must use gloves or be extra careful of their THORNS!!

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