Kill brambles

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by PlumbyGas, May 29, 2023.

  1. PlumbyGas

    PlumbyGas Member

    Really not sure what forum for this so thought I’d go in here as I would think some of your are also greentumbs.

    Renovating a semi detached, property next door has been empty for years apparently.

    We have been in there once and strimmed and chopped and hacked the brambles back so we could re-fence the boundary as the brambles had taken over. That was 2yrs ago, now back to do a full extension but the bloody brambles! Over the fence and into the garden by about 4ft. We have dug them out a few months ago but already coming back. The home owner said they would treat them, not sure what was used by a very strong smell of diesel for the next few days. Brambles have come back.

    What can be used to truly kill the bloody things? We are going to treat the garden of both houses so they hopefully don’t have this every year.

  2. Bob Rathbone

    Bob Rathbone Screwfix Select

    Any proprietary weed killer such as Roundup, don't cut the plants down as more leaves will absorb more weed killer. If the leaves are waxy and water runs off, try a little washing up liquid in the weed killer to break the surface tension and wet the leaves. Don't use diesel, you will have the EPA knocking.
  3. kitfit1

    kitfit1 Screwfix Select

    Agent Orange..............................normally does the trick.
  4. PlumbyGas

    PlumbyGas Member

    Years back I was doing a load of work on some farm building and the farmer was clearing some woods for a pheasant shoot, he had this stuff that was bright red/green. Sprayed the hedges, grass brambles etc week later looked like a foot path! Dunno what that was but wish I knew! Had more hazard warnings on it that bottle though.
  5. kitfit1

    kitfit1 Screwfix Select

    It worked for Yanks in deforestation in Vietnam :D
  6. ramseyman

    ramseyman Screwfix Select

    Roundup but use the 360gm per litre concentrated stuff at double strength, the ready to use stuff already diluted will be useless. Alternatively and just as effective, SBK Brushwood killer.
  7. Truckcab79

    Truckcab79 Screwfix Select

    Buy concentrated glyphosate. It’s what’s in Roundup and most other weed killers.

    I normally use Gallup. Find it on Amazon. Mix as per instructions for woody weeds. Stronger if you like. Need a dry day and for the plants to be growing and with lots of leaves. Spray and leave it to do its thing. You’ll see nothing for 3-5 days then it’ll start to brown and desiccate. It’s a systemic so it kills at the roots. You’ll normally need several applications to eradicate it though as new shoots sprout up.
  8. quasar9

    quasar9 Screwfix Select

    It was banned years ago. One of its impurities created in its manufacture is Dioxin, extremely toxic but worse it can damage your DNA, which can be passed on to the next generation.
  9. Mark DM

    Mark DM Screwfix Select

    The roundup concentrate is good stuff. I mix it a bit stronger than the recommended. Kills just about any plant or weed going
  10. Alan22

    Alan22 Screwfix Select

    And then you have a load of dead brown crispy brambles to pull out and they are just as jaggy.

    I argued with a gardener for two years of spraying brambles in a bit of spare ground with every toxic chemical known, they came back, in the third year I gave up and did what she said, thick rubber gloves and a wax proof coat zipped up to the ears, pulled gently till they came out by the roots, quite satisfying in that when done it's done, you can see it, no waiting for everything do die and go crispy before the real hard work starts, just clean no weed ground behind you.
    CGN likes this.
  11. koolpc

    koolpc Super Member

    My usual fix........
    Rulland and CGN like this.

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