controlling berry vines in pasture

  • controlling berry vines in pasture

    Posted by Jo-Jo on June 5, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    My elderly mother is leasing out pasture to a man to run his cattle. He feeds alfalfa cubes/pellets. We are looking for a safe alternative to Grazon or Remedy to spray berry vines or along a fence line. We don’t want anything sprayed that will negatively effect the pond, natural springs, bee hives, quail, or that would prevent us from gardening in the future.

    Thank you so much for any help.


    Pinkboar replied 3 months, 4 weeks ago 7 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Christine1162

    June 5, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    Although I don’t have an answer to this, I want to thank you for going holistic.

  • Gbarj

    June 5, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    About all you can do is continually cut them back, if you don’t have any goats/sheep that will. After continually being cut back they will finally die out, but it takes a while.

    • Private_Cluck

      June 5, 2023 at 3:38 pm

      I agree. This is a natural way to keep them under control. Part of our pasture was covered with them. After mowing with a finish mower for a couple of years, they are now all gone. Keeping them from going to seed (making berries) will eventually eliminate them.

  • Thy-abundance

    June 5, 2023 at 7:13 pm

    Aloha 🌋 Hawaii

    Hawaiians always used the Aina (land) and Kai (ocean/sea) to resolve issues naturally because they understood there has to be balance to have an abundance. We use sea water or at times since we are quite a distance from the ocean, we get road salt from the feed store and add equip parts to water and spray. The salt dehydrate the sucker roots that take up the nutrients and the plants or weeds we don’t want die. You might have to spray a few applications but it does work well. You can then safely clear that area and repurpose the soil with decomposing matter if you want to grow anything.

    We have bramble bushes that we brought here to contain cattle and it’s out of control everywhere on the mountains now.

    Just a suggestion of what we do here in beautiful Hawaii.

    Aloooooohaaaaa 🌺

  • Bright_Sunday

    June 6, 2023 at 11:53 am

    i am not sure if the suggestion of liming a pasture in this video is a good course of action for the situation you refer to, but i do notice that one of the unwanted plants discussed in this video about pasture soil health are dewberry vines which might be the same or similar to the berry vines you mentioned?:

  • Pinkboar

    June 8, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    When moving in to our house last fall the yard was nothing but black berry vines. After cutting them back I let the chickens run the show through the winter. Only 3 chickens and a Turkey is what I had. This spring only vines that came up were the root balls bigger then what the could scratch out of the ground. So maybe a chicken tractor along the fence line.

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