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09/08/2014 at 20:38

I have just inherited a plot of land that is completely overgrown with nettles and brambles, and the old breeze block shed on the site is covered in Ivy. I have read the articles on getting rid of the Ivy which have been very useful. Does any one out there know how how to get rid of half an acre of stinging nettles and brambles

09/08/2014 at 20:50

Hi Pushkin

Gallup Weedkiller, you will be able to purchase it on Ebay, and a sprayer as well

09/08/2014 at 20:56

Thanks, do I need to reduce the jungle prior to spraying or should I spray as it is now?

09/08/2014 at 20:59

I try to be organic but do think there is a place in some situations, when non organic methods are called for and clearing half an acre of brambles and nettles is one of those situations in my book. Half an acre sounds alot of land to dig over

There is a weedkiller which farmers use to clear fields but I'm sorry I don't know what it's called. It can be purchased in farm supply stores in small quantities. I don't think you'd find it at your local GC. It's apparently very effective and starts taking effect within days.   

I'm probably wrong but don't think it can be purchased for domestic use but if your plot is agricultural land that would be different.

Sorry, not very helpful, but I'm sure someone will be long shortly to give a better answer.    

09/08/2014 at 21:01

Looks like we posted at the same time Buddyboy

09/08/2014 at 21:08

Hi Zoomer, Its Gallup, It can be purchased on Ebay


No you dont need to reduce the jungle, but work backwards, spray it the way it is, because of the amount of foilage, you may have to spray any you have missed in a week to 2 weeks later

This will also kill Ivy

09/08/2014 at 21:21

Thanks for the advice now going to take a look at eBay I guess the product description will give me amounts to use etc so if I can get the rest of the prickles out of my fingers by the time it arrives I should be able to get to work

09/08/2014 at 21:26

Hi Pushkin

It is a bit difficult to decipher, but I will give you a off the label amount, 200ml of Gallup to 10 litres of water which is a bit stronger

10/08/2014 at 08:46

Not got half an acre let alone an acre like Smokin has but his post is exactly how I clear ground.  Cleared large areas on a friend's 6 acre plot.  It had brambles, ivy, nettles, bindweed, Coltsfoot , plus varieties of planted mint, comfrey etc  etc. (I actually removed large Leylandii,,sycamores and the like by hand ...where I got the strength  from I don't  know ....but the swearing, cursing and threats helped )

There is nothing like physically digging over land ...if you can.  Weedkillers are far more effective when the foliage is hacked back first.  

Yes, a regular bonfire on site and persistence.  I found a heavy duty lawn mower with blades set high very effective too.  Hacking back tall woody stuff first, raking back, adding to bon fire pile and usIng the mower.  Very, very satisfying to see the clearing ground 

So far an orchard, a veg plot, an ornamental garden, a greenhouse, pond, arches, seats, patio, shrubbery, etc have replaced the wilderness.  To come is the "quarry", an area that is huge, overgrown but totally sheltered from all winds.  Frost possibly a prob but I don't think so as the site overlooks St. Michael's Mount and the bay.  Exciting possibilities. 

10/08/2014 at 09:06

No wonder you need lots of donuts Verdun  

10/08/2014 at 09:19

10/08/2014 at 09:22

There you go Pushkin2 , two classic cases of Amateur gardeners at work

Pros havent time to fart around

10/08/2014 at 09:30

Pros don't have much time to faff around, that's true

Some of them don't even have time to think about what they're doing before they act.


10/08/2014 at 09:33

10/08/2014 at 09:39

Pushkin, I'd cut everything right back with a strimmer or whatever you have available that does a similar job, clear that away, and then apply heavy duty weedkiller when the new growth is around a couple of feet so that it takes it up thoroughly. Nettles aren't so bad to deal with, but trying to use it on huge amounts of  woody brambles will just mean using a lot more than necessary. Don't give yourself more work than you need to  - it'll be hard enough! What you do after that depends largely on what you intend using the area for. 

How very true nut - like the ones who decimated every shrub and tree on my sister's boundary.....

10/08/2014 at 09:43

Thanks every one you have all been most helpful. This is the first time I have ever used a computer for something like this, I went to school with a slide rule and a book of tables, it's amazing how we can share an interest and help each other. I will let you know how I get on.

once again thanks to all.


ps any further advice and ideas welcome

10/08/2014 at 09:47

Did you use a chalk on a piece of slate too Pushkin? That's a running joke in my family! 

I remember slide rules and tables - kids would laugh at that now ...

Good luck with your brambles - perhaps you could get the best of them and pick them first

10/08/2014 at 11:56

Smokin and Fairygirl have covered it.

13/08/2014 at 16:24

I have just come across this thread again and I see that another 2 are in agreeance with smokin donkeys advice

I am going to email Daniel Haynes personally to get this thread removed due to safety issues with the advice given by the above and concerning Pushkin2

First of all nobody has given Pushkin2 any advice on any safety gear he would have to wear while operating a Brush Cutter which can be extremely dangerous and volatile

Secondly the advice given was for Pushkin2 to go into an area approximately half an acre that has not been touched in years to operate a Brush Cutter, into foliage that will be probably be head height

In this area could be logs covered in foliage, rocks covered in moss, and iron railings or other metal objects hidden in ivy, this would be extremely dangerous if any of those was hit by a metal blade

As I have plenty of experience in this field and know the risks, I will ask Daniel Haynes to remove this thread due to health and safety reasons

I will bump this up periodically in the hope that Pushkin2 can see this and then I will email Daniel Haynes

13/08/2014 at 17:15

Any reputable hire company includes full face protection safety gear when hiring out brushcutters. 

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