Ligustrums: What are they good for?
I just bought a lovely house in north-central Austin, and in the front yard there are six 2-3' tall ligustrums planted about 4 feet away from the foundation. I'm definitely ripping them out, but I'm wondering if they have ANY utility elsewhere in my yard. Someone suggested planting them along my backyard fence as a kind of screen, but my yard backs up to a park and I don't really want them blocking the view. Also, would they hog water and nutrients? (I'm planning to plant a vegetable garden and fruit trees in the backyard.) I hate to toss perfectly good plants ... are ligustrums good for anything but the compost heap?