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How to Kill Raspberry Plants

Updated March 23, 2017

Raspberry bushes and spotty plants growing in undesirable areas will cause havoc on other plant life and make access to garden or property areas difficult. Completely getting rid of raspberry growth will require a great deal of effort. Raspberry bushes have thorny vines and shoots, which can pose a hazard to humans and animals that happen to come into contact with them. Raspberry fruit will also invite bugs and other undesirable creatures onto your property.

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  1. Cut out all of the raspberry shoots and vines using a pair of pruning shears. Leave only the stumps of the shoots visible from the ground. Dispose of the cut raspberry shoots and vines by placing them in plastic trash bags. Do not compost the cut raspberry plants, as you will run the risk spreading the growth whenever the compost is used in your garden.

  2. Use a shovel or gardening trowel to dig up the raspberry bush's root structure. You may have to dig 6 inches or more in order to completely expose the roots. Throw away the raspberry bush roots in the same manner as the rest of the plant.

  3. Spray a chemical weed killer in the area to ensure the raspberry plants will not spring back up. You can also use a barrier such as black plastic to thwart further growth of the raspberry plants. Do not use weed killers in areas where other desirable plant life is thriving, as you will harm these plants with the chemicals as well.

  4. Tip

    Always wear gloves when dealing with raspberry shoots

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Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Chemical weed killer
  • Garden trowel or shovel
  • Pruning shears

About the Author

In the spring of 2008, Blaze Johnson decided to share his expertise through writing. He studied business administration at a local community college and runs his own driveway mechanic service, specializing in computer-controlled vehicles and custom car audio installs. Johnson also serves as the de facto computer repair person for his family, friends and coworkers.

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