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Anyone have gardening experience replacing shrubs with fruit/berry bearing bushes?


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NutrientibusMeaGallus #1 Posted Mar 15 2019 - 23:17

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   Anyone? I want to replace some evergreen bushes on the property with blueberry and rasberry bushes. Anyone know if it will work or how to go about it?

the_dude_76 #2 Posted Mar 15 2019 - 23:39

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There are at least a dozen questions you'd have to answer. Your best bet is to go to a local nursery and see what they recommend. They'll know what varieties do best in your area and will know what steps you need to take to prepare your soil. Blueberries like acid soils so again, local nurseries will know what types of conditions are prevalent in your area. Bringing a soil sample with you is probably not a bad idea. The local County Extension Office would be a good place to get this sort of info as well

dave_292 #3 Posted Mar 15 2019 - 23:56

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 Check with a nursery in your area but in general both blue and raspberry's need a fairly wet soil almost year around and a lot of shrubs prefer a semi dry soil. I have all my 20 blue and 10 raspberry plants with in 20 ft. of my pond in rich peat soil. Also check the web site of the county and state department of ecology. They tend to have a good amount of info about what's good in certain areas.

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tod914 #4 Posted Mar 16 2019 - 00:00

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Have you tried using a Herring?

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Talk to someone in your local Home & Garden Center.


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YANKEE137 #5 Posted Mar 16 2019 - 01:27

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If it's yews, Lord help you. they are hard to pull up with a tractor.  If you search youtube  I'm sure there are a dozen good videos on tearing out and replanting.

mlinke #6 Posted Mar 16 2019 - 02:16

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Check your soil for acidity. Check each corner for sun availability. Go to local nursery with that and let them tell you where to put what. Make some ladder to hold vines to get best results. Bushes need few years to bare bart results. Its pretty easy. And never use peaticides if u ll eat the berries.

NutrientibusMeaGallus #7 Posted Mar 16 2019 - 16:38

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        I'm pretty sure the soil is alkaline..... because we're near the beach. But the soil isn't sandy... Will have to go find out...

the_Deadly_Bulb #8 Posted Mar 16 2019 - 22:47

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The soil where the evergreens are is likely to be a bit acidic from the evergreen litter.

Blueberry bushes like acid soil.

They prefer their soil moist.

Mason bees do a superb job of pollinating them without the work of keeping hives. (they don't by nature sting and when they do its like a mosquito bite)

You can add sulfur in the correct quantities to your soil to increase the acidity.

Lime does the opposite and drives the pH toward alkaline.

 

Blueberries are less work than Raspberries.

I have a thornless blackberry too. Its a great alternative if you like blackberries.

It requires the same effort as raspberries as it grows berries on last years wood then that wood has to be pruned out as its dead the third year.

I grow it on a panel of hogwire.

Easy to propagate too, just stick the tip of a branch in a pot full of soil and you have a new plant for next season.

 



doomsdaymachine1 #9 Posted Mar 20 2019 - 18:53

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I just wanted to be in a topic titled "fruit bearing bushes"....Carry on.




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