We have a staghorn sumac at the side of our house. When we purchased the property it was so overgrown that it completely covered the bathroom window. On a sunny afternoon I attacked this bush/tree with my pruners to discover that it could be somewhat tamed. It is going on 5 years and I have religiously cut this sumac back trying to develop some kind of attraction to it. It didn’t work. I despised this thing from the get go even though GerBe has an affinity to anything that has green leaves attached to it!
Yesterday, while my husband was at work I decided to do some pruning. Honest, that was the plan. Once I started into the job my hatred for this tree came to the forefront. I found an old handsaw in the garage and proceeded to eradicate this thing from my flowerbed.
First I cut all of the leafy branches to get them out of my face. I hate the stickiness of the leaves, and the ants it attracts; just another reason to rid our yard of this thing. I dug around the top of the root ball and uncovered several roots that had to be cut to eventually remove it. The hand saw that I found hadn’t been used for many years resulting in quite a struggle between me and the sumac.
It took me the most part of 5 hours to do the job, on what I suspect was the hottest, most humid day of September….. ever. Needless to say, Gerbe was shocked when he got home; because I had gotten rid of the tree, and because of the effort it took me to do it! He did agree that it looked better without it and since the gardening IS my responsibility, I was at liberty to do whatever I deemed necessary.
Just as a side note. As we were dragging the remaining trunk and root ball away from the site, Gerbe asked “Do you think it would grow if we planted it at the acreage?”