I need some advice, please.
Beside the bungalow in the backyard, is this evergreen shrub which produces lovely white flowers. It was here when we came. I always thought it was rather nice. To-day, I decided to trim it a little to cut it back a bit and knock it into shape. Then I discovered what a weed, what a pest it is. Underneath, were long dead canes. Over the top, sprouted new many-feet long canes. Behind it is a philodendron and they are in competition. I would prefer the philodendron. Could someone let me know how to manage this without resort to nasty chemicals or anything that will affect the soil or surrounding plants?