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We recently bought a house in rural Oklahoma and have a beautiful sycamore tree in our back yard, the base of it is around 5' across. However, our entire yard if full of baby sycamores growing out of the root system on the main tree. I spend hours every weekend trying to dig them out from our homes foundation, not to mention from around our fences, garage and storm shelter. The entire yard is full of them as well where they have been mowed for years. Do you have ANY solution for trying to stop these saplings from taking over our house, yard and lives??? I've had people suggest cutting the entire tree down, which I don't want to do b/c it is pretty and I think would make the problem worse. Do you have any suggestions? I'm starting to hate this once beautiful tree that was one of these reasons we chose this house.
Unfortunately, this is one of the reasons that a sycamore shouldn't be planted close to the house. The tree can be messy and as you have found, it can be problematic with seedlings as well. I'm afraid there is no good answer to this one.