Week 1 – Blackberry

Monday, April 13 – Sunday, April 19

This is a tough one to start the Weed-a-thon” with because Blackberry is big and mean. You’ll need plenty of protection against those nasty thorns.

If you’re going in headfirst try to cut the wands off right at the ground. Of course an equally useful approach would be collect a bucketful of seedlings which are just popping out of the ground. The ground is soft, so just get a low grip and pull them out.

A bucketful of seedlings, if left to prosper, would quickly cover an area bigger than the MCG. So, prevention is the very best strategy.

You can poison the stems if you are competent but if not, tell us where your Blackberry is when you post your photos to our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/BlackwoodLandcare/ – and we’ll apply poison when they try to sprout again.

For identification photos and best methods of eradication, have a look at the Blackberry page on our site: http://blackwoodlandcare.org.au/our-problem-weeds/blackberry/

Blackberry is a problem in many parts of Blackwood and Barry’s Reef. Here are three maps showing where the worst infestations are. The maps are pretty old now but they’re the best we’ve got.

Barry’s Reef: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tehg60rgnjue9jk/Blackberry_BarrysReef2013.pdf?dl=0

Blackwood East: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4fstywoq2rhcydt/Blackberry_BlackwoodEast2013.pdf?dl=0

Blackwood West: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mcop7qbcjwh4k92/Blackberry_BlackwoodWest2013.pdf?dl=0

Parks is working with our Landcare group under the “Good Neighbour Program”. Local PV team leader Phoenix Salinger wants us to get stuck into the Blackberry along the north side of riverbank and Yankee Creek near Shaw’s Lake. She wants the wands just left where they fall as PV will apply poison in May.