black locusts and bamboo
What is the best way to get rid of black locusts, brambles and bamboo which are a nuisance on two acres of woods around the house? The woods are otherwise made up of red and white oak, dogwoods, magnolias, sweet gum, and beech trees. The undergrowth, where not overrun by black locusts, brambles and bamboo (or it may be switch cane, not sure), is fairly clean except for various ferns and other unidentified native plants, which I plan to keep.
The worst areas are around the sunny edges where aforementioned pests block the view of the understory from the house. The terrain will not allow me to keep the sunny edges mowed - the house and yard is on a ridge and the woods start on the edge of the steep ridge sides. So any work would have to be done by hand.
My plan is to break it into what could be done on the weekends over a couple of years. I am not opposed to supplementing the process with herbicides of some sort - especially to kill the black locusts and their root system.