Out, damned privet!!
Ok, so invoking Macbeth is a bit over dramatic, but we have a huge problem with invasive privet, and I am to a melodramatic level of frustration with it. Everywhere we turn in our yard, we find little privet babies growing. Stumps that last year were cut literally to the ground are now back to being a 2-3' high hedges. And we seem to be powerless in preventing making even the tiny privet babies go away. Is there ANYthing other than harsh poisons (which I try to avoid using) that can get rid of these things? Even just the small ones seem to have permanent root systems that make it seem impossible to just dig them up (and they're a PITA to dig up) and presume that after all that effort that they'll stay gone. We will revert to poisons if they're out only choice, but will even poisons work with the larger stumps? FYI it hasn't helped that we have a 40' row of privet TREES along one side of our yard -- yes, trees, at least 20-25' tall, courtesy of many years of neglect by previous house owners. We haven't been able to get them cut down yet, though, but come hell or high water we WILL get them cut down this summer; I'm not dealing with another season of those berries finding their way into every nook and cranny in our yard.