Getting Rid of Invasive Briars
Last year part of the woods in our backyard was invaded by briars. They are HUGE - taller than me or my husband. The stems remind me of okra pods that are too tough to eat - fibrous like that and have the same crunch when you cut them. Last summer they did get what looked like tiny sour blackberries on them but if I let them grow my entire yard will be covered with them! The worst part if the stems are covered in thorns!! I have been cutting them down with garden loppers and then pulling as many of the very long roots out as I can. I have a huge pile of roots and stems. I'm thinking I'll have to get one of my neighbors to either let me bring them down to burn at some point or borrow his burn barrel. I don't want to throw them farther into the woods for fear that they'll not die and really become invasive. Today I went out to continue working on them when I noticed that another crop of tiny briars have popped up next to this crop and they extend probably 8 feet farther down. So, I cut down the larger ones and worked on pulling the smaller ones up today.
Does anyone have any ideas of a better way to do this or does this sound like the best way? It's pretty time consuming! I don't want to spray weed killer on them b/c it's poisonous for me and my garden which isn't very far away not to mention the trees that all these briars are growing under.