Q: I have thousands of naturally growing mahonia bushes in front of my house
in the woods. If you’d like I will donate them to you to dig all you want.
A: Thank you, but I have plenty for now. These evergreen, bird-feeding,
burglar-repelling shrubs can easily become more than you can handle. If you
want to control them, I know of two methods that work and one that doesn’t.
The one that doesn’t work is pruning them to the ground. They will inevitably
sprout back again. Digging each one out of the ground works very well but it
is a lot of work. If you decide to spray, glyphosate plus triclopyr (Roundup
Poison Ivy Plus) will kill them deader than a hammer.