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How Invasive Blackberry Can Destroy Your Yard

How Invasive Blackberry Can Destroy Your Yard

Non-native blackberry plants have taken root and dealt serious damage to properties in our service area and beyond. We have introduced a treatment program that specifically targets these disruptive plants before they can lay waste to your yard.

It’s important to know exactly how invasive blackberry can destroy your yard in order to catch the problem before it gets out of hand. Below you will find a few key signs and symptoms along with descriptions of the damage that can be done if the problem is left alone to fester in Happy Valley, Gresham, Troutdale, and nearby areas.


Himalayan blackberry grows differently than native blackberry, causing sunlight blockage.

There is a distinction between native blackberry (trailing blackberries) and Himalayan blackberries. The native variety does not pose a threat in the same way as the Asian species.

The non-native type can grow thick patches throughout your beds and lawn and will eventually block sunlight and nutrients from reaching your plants. In extreme cases, the growths can completely kill off the plants in your bed, leaving you no choice but to start over from the soil up.


Non-native blackberry roots take up valuable bed space and can lead to soil erosion.

Himalayan blackberry growing in a home's backyard in Portland, OR.

Any weed poses a threat to your existing plants because their root systems can take up valuable real estate in your beds and lawn. Weeds generally have shorter roots than other plants and become entangled with other roots. They...

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