vines taking over
I posted this same question to the local Cornell Co-op forum last year and no one ever answered it. As I drive around in the summer I see (grape, wisteria, etc) vines overwhelming all kinds of things, trees, bushes, etc alongside the roads and highways. However, I was pleased to see that many of the trees and bushes I saw covered with vines last year have leaves and appear healthy enough, at least for now. They are getting overwhelmed again this year but they have survived being totally covered last summer.
My question then is, do these vines kill the trees and bushes they overwhelm? I do see dead trees and bushes where vines have run rampant but I also see many that seem to survived last year's onslaughts.
How much damage do they really do?
Is there any way they can eradicated or at least controlled? I am assuming there just isn't the money or political will to have local and state governments deal with them. Short of that, I know of some volunteers that try to make an impact but they are few and far between.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
Rockland County, NY