Novice needs advice
hi everyone, myself and my fiancé are looking for some advise. We have been working on renovating our bungalow for two years now and have finally started to look at the garden In a more serious way. For the last two years we have only removed things. Our garden is 2 acres of trees which were planted 25 years ago. Nothing was done since to the whole place. which meant when we began we had to learn how to use a chainsaw. 182 trees later and a small mountains worth of briars brambles and some evil needled bushes removed we are able to walk around the whole site.
this is our question. How do we kill off the brambles and briars for good ? the site has a steep incline with about a half acre flat at the bottom by the river. We want to have this as weed free as possible and to lawn all around the trees. The dream is swinging on hammocks and a place for kids to play barefoot.
Can anyone tell us how we should go about this ? We have always removed the briars by the root but it never ends and they keep coming can we just rotavate the site and seed ? Or would that cause a bigger problem and damage the roots of the trees left? We are trying to avoid using chemicals because of the wild life and the river. But we're beginning to see why people use chemicals. Our garden is full of life, hedgehogs, fox, deer from time to time, red squirrel. So we don't want to cause any environmental damage.
Any advise would be great and sorry about the grammar . I'm not a native English speaker.
Thanks in advance