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berry bushes needing some suggestions

Posted by krista1015 none (My Page) on
Thu, May 2, 13 at 17:21

If anyone has any good ideas - please let me know. We just bought a small berry orchard in Alberta, and the owners before us really let it go over the last few years. In the bushes (saskatoons, raspberries, cherries) the grass has almost over run the rows, and I am finding it very hard to get rid of it, without wrecking the fruit bushes. I don't want to use any herbicides, so any other suggestions would be great.

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RE: berry bushes needing some suggestions

  • Posted by ericwi Dane County WI (My Page) on
    Thu, May 2, 13 at 21:05

If you are patient, I suppose that goats could be used to graze the grasses back under control. Maybe you could smother the grass with used carpeting-though I can't imagine what an entire orchard would look like covered with carpet.

RE: berry bushes needing some suggestions

You would likely need to keep a close watch on goats in a berry patch. Goats are naturally browsers, and prefer twigs and brambles to grass.

Between the rows, some sort of weed barrier might work, especially if it was put down after a tilling. A thick mulch could do the same too. However if the grass has spread to in and around the berries themselves, it will be a much harder job. Hand weeding and mulches perhaps.

RE: berry bushes needing some suggestions

Goats prefer berries to grass so scratch that idea...
How large is the orchard? Pics?
I'm also thinking you may want to consider a weed barrier.

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