Vegetables and Fruit forum: New help on my too healthy blackberry tree

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Jul 5, 2017 10:59 AM CST
I moved to a new house last year with a big and old blackberry tree. The tree is about 4 stories tall (which is taller than my 3 stories house). This year the tree produces a lot of blackberry, and the tree is too high to harvest and it has so many blackberries drop into the yard. Since it is so many berries on the ground and I can't really pick them all by hand and I'm stepping on the blackberries when I try to walk in my yard.

So I have few questions here:
1. Does anyone know what's the best way to pickup the blackberries that are already in the yard?
2. Is there any way to control the amount of the blackberry the tree produce?
3. Can I put a net in the tree that will collect the falling blackberries?

Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Rabbit Keeper
Jul 5, 2017 12:18 PM CST
Do you mean mulberry tree?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 10, 2017 9:50 AM CST
Net. Sounds good to me.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Rabbit Keeper
Jul 10, 2017 11:44 AM CST
Lay a clean sheet under the branches to catch the fruit. Of course, a sheet you don't mind getting stained-and expect birds. It sounds like a mulberry tree.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Jul 11, 2017 2:34 AM CST
I was really surprised by "blackberry tree", but realized mulberries do look a lot like them. Beware of mulberry trees; birds and squirrels will start them all over the place.

I grew a mulberry tree once and cut it down after some years. But not before they had spread along the fenceline and shaded my garden. The neighbor will not prune them and I am losing 2 hours of sunlight every morning.

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