|These are everywhere!|
And so is English ivy (Hedera helix) which has been threatening to take over The Glen. This rampant green invader can show up out of nowhere and, in no time at all, take over everything in sight, like your uncle from Cincinnati who showed up that time and just stayed and stayed, and ate all the scrapple and almond bark that Nora gave you for Christmas.
English Ivy sounds very nice, like a nice tower at a college where people wear tweed suits and read Wordsworth and sip Darjeeling, or the other way around. But once it takes over a garden or glen, it's curtains for the other flora...it will take over and choke everything in a curtain of green. Even the ailanthus!
|Getting your goat|
It's more earth-friendly than herbicides and cheaper than hiring people. And there is one other benefit...people get stung by bees and suffer reactions to poison ivy. In my Opie-like childhood, when my parents moved to our long-time home outside Towson, the front yard had been allowed to run riot, and was full of poison ivy. A friendly neighbor brought over his goat, who made a brunch of the problem, no problem.