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      Now I have to talk to the neighbor.

      Ugh. I took a closer look at the tree that fell on the property that I mow. It's an ugly, ugly situation.

      Anyone ever heard of bittersweet vine? I had thought that we had an instance or two. In particular, I had someone bring down a tree on our property line with the older man whose property I mow and when the tree came down, it took down another one with it. Both were wrapped in the vine and it was about two inches in diameter. It's like solid wood and one vine can take over multiple trees. I thought I had the situation under control though and was planning on addressing that area this spring and summer.

      Then I saw what had happened in the back area of the neighbor who left his fallen tree lying in my mower's path. Every tree that came down over the winter is covered in bittersweet. At some point it invaded his area, has taken over and is now spreading to other properties. This is the picture of the fallen tree. Those aren't branches. They're vines. That could literally destroy the woods behind our house. Now it's personal.
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      Yes, it's very invasive. Unfortunately it may take chemicals to get rid of it.

      https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/F...4p2_015111.pdf

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      Quote Originally Posted by Snowshoe View Post
      Yes, it's very invasive. Unfortunately it may take chemicals to get rid of it.

      https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/F...4p2_015111.pdf
      I read that RoundUp will do it. I wouldn't do that to my own property since my goats would eat it but this guy's response is always "It's too hard" so I may take my goats over there and see what we can eat.

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      I wondered about the goats, they're used for kudzu control sometimes. Goats and Plant Invasion Animal Science with Extension

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      Wow I am blown away by how much damage the vine has done. The ? I have is does it have more than one root source and how to find it all.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jollymolly View Post
      Wow I am blown away by how much damage the vine has done. The ? I have is does it have more than one root source and how to find it all.
      Yes. It is a continuous root system so cutting it off doesn't work. I have to fine every location it has touched down, so to speak.

      I spoke to the neighbor today. He said that it wasn't his property which would mean that no one owns it but he may truly believe that that's the case. I explained the situation though and apparently his kid plays there which, given that it's a tick infested sanctuary for wild animals is an odd choice but he had his chainsaw out for another project and took back the tree that had fallen. We walked back through the rest of it as much as we could and some of the vines are fist sized. They look like pythons. It's really bad. When cut, it looks like wood.

      On a negative note, the goats don't seem interested. On the other hand, they may just need to get used to it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by smartrock View Post
      I wondered about the goats, they're used for kudzu control sometimes. Goats and Plant Invasion Animal Science with Extension
      I honestly would not like in the south unless I had 20 goats on my property. People actually just desert their homes because they get overrun. Just awful.

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