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Blueberry bushes are best known for their vitamin-rich, blue-coloured fruit that can be enjoyed fresh or added to baked goods. Nevertheless, you may sometimes need to remove a blueberry bush, either to make room for new plants or because it's disease

How to Kill a Blueberry Bush

Blueberry bushes are best known for their vitamin-rich, blue-coloured fruit that can be enjoyed fresh or added to baked goods. Nevertheless, you may sometimes need to remove a blueberry bush, either to make room for new plants or because it's diseased or insect-ridden, posing a threat to your landscape. You have several options for killing and removing a blueberry bush, depending on its size and the extent of its establishment.

Skill level:Moderately Easy

Things you need

GlovesSpadePruning shearsStump killerGlyphosate-based herbicideSulphur

Instructions

1 Pull on a pair of garden gloves. Although blueberry bushes don't have thorns, you can still hurt yourself on the rough bark or while handling your garden tools. Gloves also give you a better grip if you opt to kill the plant by simply uprooting it.

2 Uproot the blueberry bush if it's only a small seedling measuring a couple feet in height or smaller. Work your spade around the base of the blueberry seedling in a downward angle to loosen its roots. Then grasp the base of the seedling and pull it up and away from the ground at a 45-degree angle.

3 Chop down the blueberry bush if it's a mature shrub that's too big to pull out. Using pruning shears, cut off all of the side branches. The trimmings can be discarded or cut into inch-long pieces for your compost pile. Once you're left with a vertical stump, cut the stump down to a height of a couple inches above the ground. Paint the freshly cut stump with a stump killer herbicide, which will kill the shrub's entire underground root network and prevent the stump from growing back.

4 Spray the blueberry shrub with a glyphosate-based herbicide. This is best if you're looking for a less labour-intensive plant removal process, or if you're trying to kill a large number of blueberry bushes, making manual chopping impractical. Wait for a day when no rain is forecast for at least eight hours. Mist the glyphosate spray on all exposed surfaces of the shrub, applying it according to the label instructions, as toxicity varies by product. The blueberry shrub will typically turn brown and die within seven to 10 days.

5 Increase the soil's acidity if you're looking for a non-herbicide method of killing several blueberry shrubs at once, as the plants have relatively finicky preferences when it comes to soil pH levels. Oregon State University reports that spreading more than 85.1gr. of elemental sulphur--available in many nurseries and garden stores--around the base of a blueberry plant will kill it.

Tips and warnings

Glyphosate herbicides kill all vegetation, not just blueberries. Avoid getting the herbicide on other desirable plants.

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