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Pardon the pun, but all the buzz in the 80s was over killing bees taking over the American south. What happened?
Sarasota resident here, anyone here know a good spot where I can find some iguanas? I checked a few local spots rumored in my area but its frustratingly hard to find them here.
Ide be fine with a trip down to Naples if there's good hunting.
Basically my questions are: 1) how best to remove it? 2) how bad is it?
I don't think I'm trying to rationalize winter creeper, rather prioritize how my efforts are best spent. I have a couple acres of wooded lot in the eastern US. Winter creeper is present all over it. However, it almost never grows up trees, or even off the ground. I believe due to browsing by deer, rabbits, etc. Only in a couple difficult-to-access places does it grow vertically. My impression is it's like a lot of other vines, and doesn't produce seeds unless it is vertical.
Obviously I'd prefer it not be there, but not much else grows there. I think due to how shaded and wet it is (even honeysuckle doesn't show up in most of the winter creeper areas), but maybe it's due to winter creeper being there. If it's not producing berries, and if animals are browsing it, are there harms I'm not considering?
It's not so thick that it's like walking on a carpet of winter creeper. But if you took any square foot, the odds are that it would have a vine of winter creeper crossing it.
My concerns with a couple removal options are:
Manual is a lot of effort, though in winter my efforts have less competition (though honeysuckle and garlic mustard can be attacked in winter too). But also, it's a pain to pull because it tears easily. And it often crosses under other winter creeper, VA creeper, deadfall, etc making it hard to pull up a single vine without ripping it. Even the roots are hard to pull up without ripping where you are grabbing, even after rainfall.
Foliar spray isn't my fave because it's a marshy lot and a fair bit of the creeper is in or near marginal areas. Plus there aren't a ton of natives (other than the trees), but two that do well are geum canadense and greenbrier, both of which would be vulnerable in winter to overspray.
Would something like brushing on triclopyr to the vine do anything? What other approaches would work?