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Holly invasion

I recently moved to a new house and with that I inherited a garden full of holly. I'm partial to a bit of holly but every corner I look, another holly tree has sprouted up. I have tried cutting back and digging some out but the roots are so tough it's a huge, endless task. Also, it's sprouting up close to other trees and I don't want to disrupt their root system. Any advice welcome! 


  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,675
    Constant vigilance needed I'm afraid to say.  They sprout everywhere in my garden too thanks to birds appetites for the berries. They will also layer themselves very readily. I left some branches which I had chopped off on the ground in a quiet corner and a year later they had rooted all along their lengths where they touched the ground.
  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Posts: 834
    I just glyphosate them as soon as I see them popping up, but it doesn’t stop new ones appearing every year, you just have to get them while they’re little.
  • Thanks both, I wondered if it would be a constant battle! Have you tried digging out roots or do you not bother and wait until they surface? 
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