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Lombardy Poplars

This is a "warning" post. I had planted a row of these about 4 years ago, with the intention of blocking out the neighbor behind us. Our 6 foot privacy fence, on a slope, was only about 5 feet in reality. True to their information, they do grow extremely fast and provide excellent privacy. Within 3 years they were about 15 feet tall.
Unfortunately, we spent last summer trying to exterminate them. The roots are VERY invasive. I found a root up against our above ground pool, and my pool means much more to me than privacy. I didn't need roots poking up through the vinyl liner.
The way we got rid of them was to cut them down, and then spend the entire summer applying TORDON stump killer to the shoots. There were shoots everywhere, even 15 feet up into the yard, in every direction. The drought we had last year was a blessing in disguise for us, because it helped in preventing more roots, since they like water. Tordon works fantastically in immediately killing the shoot.
So, if you like these and want to plant, I would suggest you do it out on the back 40 where it won't bother anything.

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  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Feb 3, 2013

    Thank you for sharing this, Becky! Sorry you had to learn the hard way. What do you use for privacy now instead?

  • Becky (J) P
    Becky (J) P Highland, IL
    on Feb 3, 2013

    unfortunately, nothing. They see us in the pool and we see them in theirs! The problem we have is their nuisance terrier barks non-stop at me when I am in the back yard, which is a lot. Fortunately they removed their "sky fort", which enabled the dog to look directly over the fence and bark at me face level. He still is annoying, but not near as much as before.

  • Z
    on Feb 3, 2013

    That's a shame they were so invasive. We are looking for a sound block because a near by highway will be widened in the next few years. There's on there now, but with the widening all those trees will come down. We're (all in our country neighborhood) are hoping the state replants trees, but it'll take years before it catches up to what we have now. Progress, huh?

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Feb 4, 2013

    Some of these things can really be very invasive! A quick privacy hedge might work better and be easier to control.

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Feb 4, 2013

    Sorry that you had to learn such a lesson, Becky. "Fast-growing" should generally be considered a warning label when it comes to plants.

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