The Q&A Archives: Rasberry plants

Question: We have an old garden from the previous owners and we want to remove the rasberry plants and put grass in its place. What is the best way to remove the rasberries so they will not return and come up thru the grass?

Answer: Raspberries are tenacious plants so it will probably take a sustained effort to get rid of them. I would start by digging them up thoroughly by the roots as best you can. Once you have the lawn started, the repeated frequent short mowing should help eventually exhaust any remaining roots. You may also have to use an herbicide such as glyphosate painted on the stumps. Please be sure to carefully read and follow the label instructions. Your county extension may have additional suggestions if you decide additional chemical control is needed.

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