How to clear out wild blackberry vines

Lee has found a new use for his 8″ grape hoe. It works amazingly well for cutting through the thick stems of the blackberries and even small branches. He makes sure to sharpen the blade every time before use and it seems to slice through like butter.

There is this section near our house that is solid 12 foot high wild blackberry vines. A fence runs through it, along with some random trees, so driving a tractor with a brush hog through it isn’t possible at the moment. We do want to put a fence there eventually, so we have to get it cleared out. The nice thing about when this section in cleaned out is we will be able to see out into our back fields. In between whacking the berry vines Lee has to stop to collect barb wire, some of it thrown on the ground, some of it on newly found fence posts.

We didn’t even know that there was an old corner post back in that mess.

When Lee finishes clearing out spaces he then drives his tractor with the brush hog through it. He has been working at this job here and there for small amounts of time in the evening. I must say that I think he has made an amazing amount of progress compared to me working on it with hand trimmers.

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4 Responses to How to clear out wild blackberry vines

  1. Lynn says:

    Isn’t it neat to find an old fence? Well, except for the barbed wire part. We have an old wooden historic fence which runs around much our property. When we first moved here we went out on the ATVs to mark the boundaries of the property, and we discovered the old fence in the deep woods. Or, what remains of the old fence. Many times when we couldn’t figure out the propery edge we looked for the fence. Sometimes we just found a wooden fencepost or two still standing. Sometimes we saw some old wire were the fenceposts had fallen down and rotted away. We even found several old wooden bridges crossing streams out deep in the woods where humans never go anymore. It’s neat to find things from long ago and know that someone worked hard on putting that up that fence or bridge.

  2. Leigh says:

    Never know what to expect on these old neglected places. We’ve found an old fence on the property line at the back of our land. It sort of makes me wonder what the place was like many, many years ago.

  3. lee says:

    Lynn – Your property always sounds so cool. I suspect your old fences are much more interesting than ours. Whenever I find an unexpected fence on our property, it seems to forebode other joys like digging out piles of rusty woven wire that blackberries have grown through. Do you have any photos of those bridges on your blog? I don’t remember seeing them.

    Leigh – We’re still trying to figure out why our fences run the way they do. There are multiple disconnected sections, some woven, some barb wire, and of various ages. I wish old houses came with a journal which explained when and why various things happened. How did these horse shoes get here? Why don’t the two main fence lines connect?

  4. Doris Maertz says:

    Goats! you need goats for clearing blackberries. Candy to them and the stickers don’t phase them. Really speeds up the process and you’re left with a much smaller pile of debris.

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