Plant ID forum: Giant vine id, and what should I do?

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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Apr 27, 2016 8:55 PM CST
No idea what it is.... but while I was raking up that area for the first time, I looked up and saw it all around d our line, I believe that is our cable line, do I cut that? What would you do.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Apr 27, 2016 9:02 PM CST
If you believe that is your power line DON'T touch it! However if that line is insulated and running below the power lines, it is likely a phone line. Just the same, I would get the power company out before you do anything.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Apr 27, 2016 9:02 PM CST
I would call your local power co. and ask them to take a look.
Name: Alyssa Blue
Ohio (Zone 5b)
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 27, 2016 9:09 PM CST
Looks like grape vine. It's got the woodiness and the curly Q. If others agree on the ID, I can tell you how to get rid of it....

The best way is to cut it at the base, and paint or spray roundup on the base. The rest you have to pull down as much as you can, but eventually the dead vine may shrivel enough and get blown out of the tree. (Words cannot describe how much I detest grape vine). It is completely invasive, so you have to cut every base stem, or it will spread. When you try to pull it down, watch your eyes, because it will whip back and whack you in the head. I usually wear eye protection. The key is to get it while it's growing, otherwise the roundup does not work. Just be careful of other plants when painting/spraying the roundup. If you only have the one vine, you may be ok with just chopping it off at the base and not spraying the roundup...
Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 27, 2016 9:10 PM CST
Oh man, I missed the power line. Yes have the power company cut it if they will do it!!
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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Apr 27, 2016 9:53 PM CST
Ha ha, I was about to say, alyssa you should write my eulogy!
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Name: Alyssa Blue
Ohio (Zone 5b)
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 27, 2016 10:08 PM CST
:blushing: Sorry, I was so intent on plant ID. I've had epic battles with grape vine in case it didn't come across in my post....

Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 27, 2016 10:31 PM CST
Yes, it looks like a grape vein. Cut it as Alyssa suggested but use full strength Brush Killer and paint it on every cut surface and down the sides of the stem to ground level. Don't get it on the ground though, it is residual and will kill roots it comes into contact with.

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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Apr 28, 2016 12:10 AM CST
You all aren't kidding wow, ok.
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Name: Alyssa Blue
Ohio (Zone 5b)
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 28, 2016 7:12 AM CST
Grape vine spreads either by birds dropping the seeds after eating the grapes, or by runners underground from the main trunk. When you do get to the point where it's safe to work on the base of the vine, I would take a hand saw and a shovel because it's probably more involved than you think, and you may decide to remove it entirely. It's very rewarding when it's done because you've saved at least one tree, if not more Thumbs up
Name: Lauri
North Central Washington (Zone 5b)
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lauribob
Apr 28, 2016 8:43 AM CST
My experience with our power company is that they love to come out and cut stuff down. They have all the equipment to do it safely and clean up their mess when they're done. They even have an arborist on the crew so they don't do the old butcher shop job anymore!
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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Apr 28, 2016 9:43 AM CST
Thank you hahaha, I love that, makes it sound like they are children that just wanna play with their toys haha, lauriebob, I want that pot I your picture hahahaha.

Also, they wouldn't make us pay for this would they? And if they did bring up money, how should I go about it?
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Apr 28, 2016 12:15 PM CST
I have had the power co. out several times to cut/clear stuff out of my line comming into the house. They have always been happy to do it and have never charged me...it is important to them to keep "the right of way" clear.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Apr 28, 2016 1:22 PM CST
I would have to call it an emergency to get that kind of action from our power company - but it may be...
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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Apr 28, 2016 4:55 PM CST
Yea, just asked my ma, she said they won't come out here for something like THAT, but also told me not to touch it......
Brenden
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
Apr 28, 2016 6:02 PM CST
Call them anyway. It could be an emergency if someone touched it, right?
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Apr 28, 2016 6:04 PM CST
Better they remove it than wait for a wind storm to take their line down...
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Apr 28, 2016 6:22 PM CST
Yea, I will do something regardless of their attitudes..
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Apr 28, 2016 7:44 PM CST
Your Ma was right! Don't tackle it yourself. The power companies have the right equipment and trained people to do it. Just tell them that you fear the wind will bring down the line. We don't want to loose you to electrical shock!
Name: Alyssa Blue
Ohio (Zone 5b)
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 28, 2016 8:13 PM CST
In this case leaving things alone until you find the right person to resolve it is the best way to deal with it. I would work on other projects, it's not urgent and can wait.

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