My Privet Problem
I'm sure ya'll have never heard THIS before, but I have a problem with privet. It surrounds my .77 acre yard on most of two sides, and it provides excellent cover for my birds, bunnies, 'possums and armadillos, but it's making it difficult for me to plant much else.
So I'm considering pruning the privet back to an actual hedge (it's natural growth now) and planting in front of it. BUT I don't want to traumatize the critters that live in the privet, especially not as they are are getting ready to produce babies for spring.
Do you think the pruned privet together with new planting would keep the critters happy? If so, when should I prune? I'll be planting young plants which will need time to grow before they offer much cover, etc., so should I prune just a section of privet, plant and wait for growth, and then do another section, or can I do it all at once?