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How To Get Rid of Brambles Without Breaking a Sweat

It’s a jungle out there. Literally. Many properties have dense, overgrown areas that need to be cleared before they can be put to use. Even if your property has no unkempt wilderness, you may have areas with brambles and unwanted shrubbery that needs to go. Clearing these areas quickly, effectively and efficiently requires some special equipment and techniques. If you don’t mind breaking a sweat or getting scratched up, you can do it by hand with a machete or something similar. If that sounds like too much work and leaves you thinking “What the…” then read on for more information on how to get rid of brambles without breaking a sweat (or cutting yourself).



Decide What You’ll Use the Space for

If you’re planning to put a deck or patio in the space you’re clearing, then you’ll want to make sure you remove any roots from the soil that could cause problems. Roots can lead to cracking and settling, which can ruin your patio. If you’re planning to garden or plant trees, shrubs or any other plants, you’ll want to be careful not to destroy any existing plants you don’t want to remove. If you’re planning to use the area for livestock, you’ll want to clear it as thoroughly as possible to prevent ticks and other pests from using it as a home.


Know Which Tools You’ll Need

A machete and gloves will help you get a lot of the shrubbery cleared away in no time, but you’ll still need to remove the roots, vines and larger stems. For this, you’ll need a shovel. A gas-powered weed trimmer is another option for clearing away the larger brambles. You’ll also want to make sure to have a couple of containers on hand to collect cut pieces and roots. How to get rid of brambles


Hire Professional Helpers

If you’re not sure you have the right equipment or level of expertise to complete the job, hiring the professionals is your best bet. You can find landscaping companies that specialize in clearing dense overgrowth, such as Brush and Bramble Control in Essex. You can also find tree-trimming contractors who can take care of your bramble problem, as well as any dead branches you may want removed at the same time.


Chemicals: Drying Agents and Smoke

You can buy dried herbicides from your local garden supply store. Make sure to follow the directions carefully and only use this if you plan to use the land for gardening in the future. If you want to clear a larger area and don’t want to remove the shrubbery and brambles, you can use smoke and drying agents that will kill the plants without harming the soil or nearby plants. Drying agents work by sucking the moisture out of the plants, killing them. There are a couple different ways to do this. You can purchase a drying agent, or you can create your own using common household ingredients. First, mix water with either cornstarch or baking soda in a container. Next, place fabric, such as a rag or piece of a t-shirt, in the container and let it soak up the solution. Use the rag to wipe the plants you want to kill. Alternatively, you can use a spray bottle to spray deodorant onto the plants you want to dry out. Smoke is another option for clearing an area. To do this, start a fire and let it burn out naturally. You’ll need to be careful that the fire doesn’t spread, so keep an eye on the weather forecast and use common sense.


Rotary Shredders

A rotary shredder is a great way to take down some of the sturdier stems and brambles on your property, but you’ll need to make sure to clear an open area of at least 8 feet around the shredder so you don’t accidentally cut nearby plants. These shredders are heavy duty. Expect to spend at least $3,000 on a good machine. You’ll also need to give your machine time to rest between uses, so don’t try to finish the job in one day. These machines are capable of cutting through just about anything, so don’t let children or pets get too close. The good news is that rotary shredders cut the stems and vines into very small pieces that are perfect for compost.


Chain Saws

If you have a lot of brambles you need to remove, or you have a lot of trees and shrubs growing together, a chain saw is the best tool for the job. You can use a machete or a weed trimmer for smaller areas, but a chain saw is the only way to cut through thicker stems and roots. You’ll want to make sure to buy a quality chain saw and take the appropriate safety measures. Make sure you follow all instructions and use the saw in a safe, controlled way. It’s important to wear the correct protective gear, including hearing protection and eye protection. You should also make sure to have a safe space to use the saw. Avoid overgrown areas with roots and vines that could wrap around the chain and cause the saw to stop and kick back unpredictably.



If you need to clear dense, overgrown areas of your property, any of these tools will get the job done. If you don’t want to take the time to do it by hand, consider hiring professionals to do the job for you. It’s safer and will get it done more quickly and efficiently. Once the area is cleared, you can start planting the flowers, trees and plants you’ve been dreaming of for years. You can also put in a patio or deck to make the area more comfortable and usable. When you’re done, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your new cleared-out space.

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