Blackberry bushes can be a welcome addition to your backyard garden, providing you with a harvest of berries each summer. Several types of blackberries are available, including erect and semi-erect varieties, which are self-supporting, and trailing blackberries, which require trellis support for growth. If you decide to add blackberries to your home garden, remember that the plants should not produce fruit in their first year and it may take two or three years for the bushes to develop a full crop.
Look for a site for planting your blackberry bush. They grow best in full sun, although they can tolerate partial shade. It's also important to choose a site with well-draining soil.
Remove weeds, sticks, rocks and debris from the planting site. You can pull weeds by hand or apply an herbicide if desired.
Dig a shallow hole wide enough and deep enough to accommodate the plant's root structure.
Place the blackberry bush in the hole, setting it down gently but firmly so the roots make good contact with the soil but are not damaged. Make sure to allow the roots to spread out naturally in the hole.
Fill in the hole with the surrounding soil, tamping it down firmly to prevent air bubbles from remaining in the dirt.
Water the bush immediately after planting. Blackberry bushes generally need between 1 and 1 1/2 inches of water each week.
Prune the bush so the canes are no longer than 6 inches. This will allow the plant to conserve energy and nutrients for berry production in the second season.