I have invasive vines that are either well rooted in the ground, or sometimes grown up into the boughs of trees. I have a John Deere 1025r tractor and a heavy chain that can attach to the front of it, but it is not clear the best way to attach the chain to the vines to the chain so I can pull the vines out. Maybe lash it to the chain with a rope? Seems tedious.

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    Just curious - is the main goal to get them out of the trees, unroot them, or both? Is there a preference if you can't do both?
    – JPhi1618
    Sep 5, 2019 at 18:47
  • Wonder if something like a rope grip would work.
    – JPhi1618
    Sep 5, 2019 at 18:54
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    @JPhi1618 The goal is to transport every particle of vine DNA to the Romulan neutral zone. Sep 5, 2019 at 20:14
  • Which vines? Which tree? I do not recommand a tractor, you will ruin your lawn. Ladder + scissors + a winter should be enough to hide them. Use a contact universal herbicide for the roots. Sep 6, 2019 at 7:27
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    You can pull them down , BUT , what will the vines pull anything down ? Oct 6, 2019 at 21:24

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  1. Cut the vine off a few feet below the raised bucket.
  2. Tie a loop or knot in the suspended vine end. Depending on your chain size and available hooks or eyes, knot the vine through the hardware. If your vine trunk is too large to knot, wrap your chain several times and hook it to itself to achieve a cinch effect.
  3. Pull like a son of a gun, ideally directly downward. Vines are strong enough that you could pull a tree over or damage it by pulling sideways. Keep your eyes on the skies for impending disaster.

Of course, you could just cut them at the ground and let nature take its course. Brush herbicide onto the stumps to prevent regrowth.

  • The best herbicide to use is Triclopyr, brushed or drizzled on the stump as soon as possible after cutting it.
    – Jurp
    Sep 5, 2019 at 20:51
  • A typical tow chain has hooks on either end and makes an awesome brush removal tool. As stated above, wrap it around the trunk/vine/pile of brush several times and hook back on itself. The cinching effect is incredibly strong. I've even seen this method used to hoist a dead horse.
    – That Idiot
    May 23, 2022 at 9:51

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