How do vines kill trees?
I bought a new house in Tennessee with a wooded area in the back yard. Some of the trees are very tall with English Ivy vines extending into the canopy...not quite out on the top branches yet, though.
So I was out in the backyard cutting and sawing at these thick vines on the theory that this would stop further growth and then kill the vines on the tree. I wanted to just cut the vines to start.. then I'll go back and pull them further back from the trunk of the tree.
What exactly is it about vines that harm the tree? Some people say that it "chokes the tree", but what does that mean?
Is the damage occuring at the tree tops and limbs, or is it occuring at the base of the tree?