Briars – Removing
Q: Our property was hit by a tornado four years ago. We lost big trees that shaded a creek; now there are lots of briars there. How can I eliminate them?
A: You probably have wild blackberry or smilax plants. Digging them up is the most effective way to get control but you still may need plants or physical barriers afterwards to prevent mud runoff into the creek. If you want to use chemicals, there are any number of herbicides registered and labeled for use near streams. You may have to go online to purchase them; you won’t find them at local nurseries. Look for Pondmaster, Glyphomate, Rodeo, etc. Be absolutely sure to read and follow the label directions on the product for your own safety and that of aquatic creatures.