My second farming question:
Our new place came with an electric golf cart, a commercial-grade mulching lawn mower, and a bush hog. It also came with at least one, if not two, acres of blackberries, which are aggressively growing into the pasture areas.
The previous owners seemed to have used the bush hog to cut down the brambles, and then tossed them back into the bramble patch (if you can call this yard-sized area a patch) to disappear. They have not disappeared. So now there is a blackberry patch that also has lots of dead brush in it. Said brush has terrible thorns, of course, and can't just be pulled out.
We don't live there now (we're renting it out) but will hopefully be in the area over summer. I'm trying to figure out how to push back those blackberry patches. We can go in with the bush hog, but it seems like this thing only cuts the brambles down, it doesn't mulch or anything. I'm wondering if we could do that, then run over them with the lawnmower and hope that it mulches them? Or should I buy one of those tree mulchers (a cheaper one, not commercial grade) and a pair of chain mail gloves (or whatever people use when dealing with big blackberry canes), cut it down with the bush hog, and then run it through the mulcher?
I know that the only way to permanently get rid of blackberries is either a nuclear bomb or going in there with earth moving equipment and taking all the earth down to eight feet or so. Neither of those options is really appealing to me, so I'm basically in the mindset that I just want to keep pushing it back a little at a time until we get there and hopefully get some goats.
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