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#3446939 - 11/11/13 11:38 AM Grape vines - Cut 'em?
LanceS4803
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Portions of the farm are starting to get overrun with vines.
Poison ivy and Virginia Creeper are pretty much everywhere. I cut the ivy every time I find it.
But, there are grape vines pretty thick in some spots. Some of the vines are 5" across!! These can't be good for the health of the trees they are ascending.
Bottom line, I want healthy trees.
Is it worth it to cut these, or am I wasting my time?
(Not the best depiction, but here is the view from one of my stands.)

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#3447012 - 11/11/13 12:11 PM Re: Grape vines - Cut 'em? [Re: LanceS4803]
treefarmer
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I want high quality trees in my forest so I cut any large vine I come across and treat the cut stump with Arsenal (roundup works too). Be careful using a chainsaw, as the vines grab and jump from the saw. The vines are especially harmful to younger trees due to the weight of the vines bending the trees.
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#3447339 - 11/11/13 03:15 PM Re: Grape vines - Cut 'em? [Re: treefarmer]
LanceS4803
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Thanks much.
I get my workout cutting them with a machete.
The big ones will get the chainsaw in the Spring.
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#3448888 - 11/12/13 11:10 AM Re: Grape vines - Cut 'em? [Re: LanceS4803]
treefarmer
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Lance,

If you are going in with a chainsaw consider also cutting some of your junk trees (elm, hornbeam, etc.) and deadening those. Learn to identify your preferred oaks, poplar, etc. and over time you can improve your forest and habitat. If you have a need for firewood that is a good use for the wood. That's how I spend my winter weekends on our Tree Farm. Learn how to sharpen a saw well or you will wear yourself out quickly!

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#3450871 - 11/13/13 02:16 PM Re: Grape vines - Cut 'em? [Re: treefarmer]
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 Originally Posted By: treefarmer
Learn how to sharpen a saw well or you will wear yourself out quickly!


VERY wise words!
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