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Hiya, not sure if anyone on here has any experience or advice but.... back in 2003 Mother announced "I got fig trees to grow from stones! I'm going to plant them along the back of the garden" I went nuts and begged her not to, explained how big they grow, how their roots shoot off and sprout new trees everywhere etc etc. Anyway, fell on deaf ears and now I own the house and OH MY GOODNESS!!! Six or could be seven HUGE twisting fig trees now tower over the garden, they've grown through the brick built summer house and ruined it, they've shot up through the lawn... It's a nightmare! Now I am thinking get someone in with a chainsaw and get them down to stumps but will this work? Is the garden doomed? I spent a couple of hours outside last week snipping and sawing off as much as I could reach but the tops of the trees are above roof height! I dread to think how far the roots have spread. This 'problem' is the one thing that could have me hanging up my gloves and saying bye bye to the house. The trunks of these trees are a twisted around each other leaving some about 4 foot wide!
About the only thing I am doing in my garden at the moment is fighting a losing battle with Himilayan balsam that has spread from the banks of the brook that runs outside one of the boundaries of my garden. This year it has spread far further into my garden than last year. Thus far I have been pulling the developing plants out and putting them in my garden waste bin but this is possibly not the best route and pretty soon I will have more than that volume to deal with on a weekly basis. Which leaves me in a quandary, burnt it or weed kill it? It certainly does not seem to be something that would burn without considerable drying and I am conscious of weed killing so close to the brook. suggestions?