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We had same problem and sorted it by cutting down all brambles and other overgrown stuff with a powerful hedge trimmer - the bonfire burnt for 4 days - and then digging over an area at a time deeply. and havingmore bonfires. Some areas I sprayed with Roundup plus but have found roots still need to be dug.Ihn fact our bonfires became a joke with our neighbours!
We then kept them cut dwon in areas we were not working on and have slowly beaten the stuff. In the cultivated areas we still have weak brambles but are easily sorted. You do have to keep going over what has been dug.
21/2 years on we still have areas to 'un-bramble' in fact I have started on the last bad area today.
I don't think there is a quick fix really, just hard and persistant work.
Now in the area started today i have found a few (4) newts under some builders plastic. Replaced plastic for now but does anyone out there in garden land know where I can put them without harm, blue builders plastic is right where new rhubarb bed will go
Find another dark damp place - preferably still in your garden - and relocate the newts there. If they're not happy they'll move anyway, it's not time to hibernate yet.
Avoid using barbarian or glyphosate as mentioned in this blog. You need a tough woody weed killer. A storger alternative to SBK i found was broadshot. One treatment will control brambles and any other tough woody weeds. http://www.agrigem.co.uk/weed-killers/forestry-weeds/broadshot.html
Ramsey dog, do you work for agrigem?
Broadshot (formerly known as Broadsword) contains Dicamba. A quick look at the dicamba factsheet shows:
"Dicamba’s toxicity to honey bees ranges from moderately toxic to practically non-toxic"
"Researchers evaluated the toxicity of dicamba to worker honey bees when exposed to dicamba on contact or by ingestion.
Less than half of the bees died at all doses tested."
It also contains Triclopyr.
"Triclopyr is practically non-toxic to bees"
I'm always more than a little suspicious of statements like that. I think it translates to "it is toxic".
my garden is paved but still the brambles grow we have cut them right back and used weedkillers but nothing seems to stem their growth I am really desperate now as nothing seems to work