Help me stop hating my quince
I have a large and likely old Japanese Quince situated too close to my flower beds. It was here when we bought the Cottage, I would NEVER EVER EVER plant such a thing-at least if I knew what I know now that I have one! I can live with the thorns (ok, spikes) and the fact that after it's spring bloom it's boring. BUT I cannot stand it spreading EVERYWHERE within about 15-20' of it! I am constantly clipping, digging and otherwise removing suckers. At least the mower takes care of some.
Can I put a 2' or so wide (deep) piece of curbing around it on the bed sides to keep it contained? How far away from it should I go? I hate it, but I don't want to kill it-we observed the "early crew" of returning ruby throats nectaring on it, when little else in our landscape (yet anyway) is blooming to provide them with food. If not for them, I probably would have hacked it by now. I even thought about growing a nice flowering, strangling vine into it at one point...but it's close enough to the cottage to keep that in the "evil thoughts" stage (since most of those would also try to do evil things to my house!).