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When it's time to remove Lombardy poplars, be thorough, removing as much of the root system as possible. Lombardy poplars send out suckers throughout their lives -- even from their stumps after they've been cut down. Some hire pros with stump grinders to help get rid of them. But if you've planted a long row of Lombardy poplars, this can run into quite a bit of money, and it still doesn't remove the root system. See the discussion on getting rid of Lombardy poplar trees in my forum.
Another consideration: the roots of Lombardy poplars are invasive and damage drainage systems if planted too close by.
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Although Lombardy poplars are despised by landscaping professionals, they nonetheless remain a very popular tree with the general public. They exert a fascination over many of us, due to their unusual shape. And the speed with which they ascend to the heavens makes them hard to resist for the impatient.
The reason that Lombardy poplars are held in such low esteem by the pros is that they are short-lived (often succumbing within 15 years to the problems noted above). However, their short life span doesn't strip them of all value for the landscape. Here's a strategy to employ for a privacy planting that makes use of the fast growth rate of Lombardy poplar trees, while compensating for their tendency to decline rapidly:
- Plant a row of longer-lived screening plants (for instance, Colorado blue spruce trees or arborvitae trees) where you want your final "living wall" to reside.
- Then plant a temporary row of Lombardy poplars behind them (so as not to deprive the longer-lived plants of sunlight). The Lombardy poplars will soon be affording some privacy, while you wait for the longer-lived plants to reach maturity.
- To minimize the spread of the Lombardy poplars' roots, dig a planting trench for them and line its sides with a 40-mil high-impact polyurethane barrier -- as you would do to contain a running bamboo.
- Before the Lombardy poplar trees begin to deteriorate (and before their root systems become too well established), remove them, letting the longer-lived plants take over the job of screening out prying eyes.
Alternatively, of course, we could just exercise a little more patience and wait for the longer-lived plants to grow.