My neighbors have a great tall Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven). Apparently, before I moved into my house, so did our yard. We now have an enormous stump and a bazillion new shoots that come up from hidden roots all over the back portion of our yard. I call it my "weed tree", because no matter how often I try to pull out new branches, next week I'll find six new three foot high trees popped up. I don't think I can remove the stump without machinery, and I'm not even sure what machinery to use.
Making matters worse, it's on a hill-side which is steep enough to make my working on it a pain in the neck, and potentially dangerous. Eventually I plan to terrace and cultivate this hill, but that won't be possible as long as the Ailanthus is still there.
Should I just give up and hire a landscaper to rip up the stump and the entire portion of the yard that's apparently a dense network of Ailanthus roots? Presumably that would make the terrace work easier for me as well. Or is there some (cheaper) way to prevent it from growing? Although my garden and yard care is entirely organic, I might be open to a chemical warfare approach only if it could be targeted to just the weed tree.