Invaded by Raspberry Shoots

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Q: My garden is being “invaded” by raspberry bush shoots coming from the underground roots of my neighbour’s raspberry bushes. Since my garden is fully planted with trees, shrubs and perennials, the option of digging out the underground raspberry roots is not really a practical option. My neighbour has kindly moved his main bushes about 2m away from our shared fenceline, but I still get little raspberry shoots growing up anong my shrubs and trees. If I keep pulling out and breaking off the growing tops of these underground invaders, will this eventually kill these subterranean raspberry roots or, will I just have to cope with these “invaders” forever?

Keep digging out old raspberry roots when observed. Consider putting a very heavy mulch, e.g. leaves, to smother out, or at least weaken, the plants. With persistence and patience the raspberry roots will die out.