Blackberry Bush Removal - A Comprehensive Guide

Blackberry Bush Removal - A Comprehensive Guide

Permanently Remove Himalayan Blackberry

Himalayan Blackberry

What are blackberry bushes?

Blackberry bushes, also known as Himalayan Blackberry is an invasive species widespread on Vancouver Island. The District of Saanich states “Himalayan blackberry is an aggressive invasive plant that can quickly turn naturally open areas into dense thickets of impenetrable brambles.” Blackberry thickets can produce 7,000-13,000 seeds per square meter. Blackberries have an extensive root system that sprouts new plants as far as 20 feet away. Blackberries send out long vines that take root and create new plants.

Why are blackberry bushes invasive?

  • Blackberries form large patches that can cover several acres of land if left unmanaged
  • Blackberries produce 7,000-13,000 seeds per square meter
  • Blackberries send out long vines that take root and create new plants. Mature plants can spread 10’ per year.
  • Blackberries spread underground through a rapidly expanding root system that constantly sprouts new plants
  • Blackberries have extremely vigorous and resilient growth

Why is it crucial to remove blackberries?

  • Blackberry infestations will get worse over time
  • Rodents nest in blackberry bushes
  • Blackberries can harm natural waterways
  • Blackberry bushes are a fire hazard due to the build up of dead leaf and stem material
  • Heavy blackberry infestations lower property value
  • Blackberries choke out native vegetation
  • Blackberry roots can destroy septic fields
  • Blackberries can spread to neighbouring property

Permanently removing blackberry bushes

We remove all the above ground vines and blackberry material with powered cutters, the cut material is cleaned up and hauled away. We then grind out the blackberry stumps and root material using a stump grinder.

When necessary, we employ eco-friendly treatments to eradicate Blackberry bushes. This involves cutting the plant down to the stump, then precisely treating the small new leaves that sprout. Following the treatment the root system will die. Our treatment will not kill other plants and has no soil activity or run off.

Ascent Yard Care has permanently removed hundreds of Blackberry bushes infestations since our business was founded in 2017.

Blackberry bush removal cost

Contact us for a free in-person quote in Victoria, BC and Jake will provide an exact work order and quote.

Won’t the blackberries just grow back?

In the worst infestations, up to 2 follow up visits may be necessary to completely eradicate re-growth. Most blackberry patches we service are completely and permanently removed in one visit.

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Want to try removing blackberry bushes yourself? Follow these tips:

Cut the vines to ground level

Loppers, a hand saw, or garden shears will work for small blackberry bushes, large patches will require power equipment. Cutting works well for managing blackberry bushes, but cutting alone will not eradicate the blackberry bushes.

Dig out the stumps

After the vines have all been cut down to ground level the blackberry stump will be exposed. The stump is where the vines are sprouting out of the ground and is the most important part of the plant to remove. Use a pickaxe to remove the stump. A general rule of thumb is to dig out 1 cubic foot of soil around where the vines enter the ground.


An alternative to digging out the crowns is to mow the area regularly. If the vines have been cut to ground level and the area is flat enough to cut with a lawnmower this is an effective alternative. Blackberry vines grow very quickly so the area will need to be mowed weekly in order for this method to be effective.


Another alternative to digging is to cover the crowns in an opaque tarp or sheet of plastic. It is very important no light can pass through the covering. This will prevent the blackberry bushes from photosynthesizing and the vines will generally die after being covered for one full year.

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