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Grape Vines: To Cut or Not to Cut?  5 years 7 months ago #138

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This double-trunked ash tree is about 10" in diameter, and has 3 sizable grapevines growing up them. The vines have really taken over the trees. The ash are probably going to die anyways because of the Emerald Ash Borer, which is nearby, so cutting the vines won't save the trees. On the other hand since so many ash are dying, I could help the tree stay alive for a little bit longer cutting the vines.

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Grape Vines: To Cut or Not to Cut?  5 years 7 months ago #139

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This young pin oak is at my grandfather's house in Tivoli in Dutchess County, and was getting smothered by a grape vine, and was even starting to get pulled down to the ground. The pin oaks are spectacular in the fall. But he has also always enjoyed the birds that come to the property, and assume that part of the attraction are the numerous grape vines. We decided to cut this grape vine to save the pin oak, but are allowing the grapes to grow on the nearby shrubs. This way we get the oak, and also the birds.

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