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M. Laws30-Nov-01 07:25 PM EST 5   
Ed30-Nov-01 09:44 PM EST 3   
Linda01-Dec-01 10:23 PM EST   
Betty02-Dec-01 03:38 PM EST 5a   
Maria31-Jan-04 10:28 AM EST 5   
JoanneS04-Feb-04 10:13 AM EST   
Elle C. (Markham)05-Feb-04 08:55 PM EST 5b   
13-Feb-04 11:10 AM EST   
Casey15-Mar-04 10:48 PM EST 8   


Subject: NASTY RASPBERRY CANES
From: M. Laws
Zone: 5
Date: 30-Nov-01 07:25 PM EST

I would appreciate knowing how to eliminate/kill/get rid of, etc. a large patch of wild raspberry canes. They are very invasive, over taking an area for which I have other plans & they don't fruit. I don't want them at all. I've cut them down to ground, but think perhaps this may encourage them in the spring. Any tried & true solutions would be most welcome.


Subject: RE: NASTY RASPBERRY CANES
From: Ed
Zone: 3
Date: 30-Nov-01 09:44 PM EST

They are not really deep rooted, and pulling them out when the soil is reasonably moist, should be no problem. Heavy mitts recommended.


Subject: RE: NASTY RASPBERRY CANES
From: Linda
Zone:
Date: 01-Dec-01 10:23 PM EST

Banvil works but it stays in the soil for a number of years


Subject: RE: NASTY RASPBERRY CANES
From: Betty
Zone: 5a
Date: 02-Dec-01 03:38 PM EST

Ed's method is the best I have found for both raspberry or blackberry. I find just after a frost leaves the ground is the best time to remove them. I wear leather gloves and pull on the cane as close to the ground as possible. Use a fork to help loosen the roots as if broken off, will grow again. In my experience, I sometimes had to do the area a couple of times, each time with much less canes.


Subject: RE: NASTY RASPBERRY CANES
From: Maria
Zone: 5
Date: 31-Jan-04 10:28 AM EST

Thanks to Ed, Linda and Betty, who replied to my request for methods of murdering my wild raspberry canes. I haven't heard of Banvil, sounds like a more insidious form of Roundup; I worry about using any chemicals, especially the effects of drift to the nearby conifers. I think some good old elbow grease may well be the way to go. Betty, you have removed the canes just after a frost. I am anxious to start on this project asap in the spring & Ed says they are not deep rooted. True but they seem to be extensively surface rooted, so I'm sure I might have a few offsprings creeping up from those surface tap roots, or whatever those rascals are called. Thanks again.


Subject: RE: NASTY RASPBERRY CANES
From: JoanneS (jstraayer@specialty.ab.ca)
Zone:
Date: 04-Feb-04 10:13 AM EST

Maria, voice of experience here. Moved into new house. Backyard 2/3 overgrown with rasperberry canes. The patch had been expanding for probably 50 years. While not deep rooted, some root balls were bigger than a basketball. First year, we cut them all down and dug out roots throughout the entire summer. My husband would mow the new canes coming up, before they hardened. Second year, we continued digging them out. By year three, it got easier to pull out the remaining root balls. Year four, under control, although we'd find a cane occassionally coming up, but now it is much easier to get rid of.

Still have a small patch going for the children, next to the garage where it behaves itself.


Subject: RE: NASTY RASPBERRY CANES
From: Elle C. (Markham)
Zone: 5b
Date: 05-Feb-04 08:55 PM EST

Holy cow! I'm sure glad I didn't take any of the Raspberry Canes that my neighbour was offering me two summers ago.


Subject: RE: NASTY RASPBERRY CANES
From: (jstraayer@specialty.ab.ca)
Zone:
Date: 13-Feb-04 11:10 AM EST

Elle, the rasperry canes aren't too bad and are pretty easy to keep under control. It looks like our problems stemmed from rampant, uncontrolled raspberry growth over many years. Now that ours is under control, it really is quite care free.

And is there anything more yummy than fresh raspberries over vanilla ice cream? Mmmmm, I wish it was summer.


Subject: RE: NASTY RASPBERRY CANES
From: Casey
Zone: 8
Date: 15-Mar-04 10:48 PM EST

I guess everything is a matter of "the grass is always greener..." I've had to dig out all my raspberries because some sort of rot was killing them off... just when they were really starting to bear fruit... and, of course, I can't plant new ones... I'd love a few "nasty raspberry canes" again... sigh...


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