How do you permanently remove briar bushes so that they don't return? Dig down to the roots or any poison?
dig up the roots
Good luck on this. I have a friend that thought they removed the roots, but they kept growing back. He later went and drilled holes in the new growth, poured kerosene in and lit them on fire. No injuries or extra fires - but the danged things came back a year later. His ongoing Facebook posts detailing his fight against these particular bushes were pretty funny and lasted about 3 years.
Brush killer/ivy killer seems to work if mixed with diesel
A large herd of goats!
I used crossfire herbicide mixed with diesel,I cut them off and sprayed the stubs.
The birds eat the berries and so it's an ongoing problem if nearby properties have green briars.
Goats do a great job of clearing/cleaning up a place it seems they eat everything .
They will stand on hind legs and chew small limbs off clearing understory and they spread their front hooves walk up small trees or saplings and eat all leaves and branches
All they need is a water source ,I have used them several times where it was fenced goat owners may be looking for forage for them.
Pigs. They're great at clearing blackberry bushes, too :-)
And they're tasty!
Round up (or the equivalent) and regular yard maintenance is about the only thing that's going to work.
And yeah, it's going to take a few years, especially if they're well established.
What kind of ground cover are you planning on replacing them with?
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