I've had my bramble going for a good 4 years now. Our kids love eating berries straight from the bush/cane and I love that. During the last 2 years, I've been battling the dreaded Japanese Beetle and their destructive habits, especially on my blackberries. I've tried a few things but will be doing more research over the course of the winter to come up with a better solution. It's very disheartening to find them on the plants in astronomical numbers and ruining the fruit.