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I have inherited a number of hedges, giant azalea bush things, fucking holly bushes, etc, on my property. Long term, some of these things may yet be allowed to live (sorry, holly), but the rest are concealing a considerable network of vines. Short term: The vines must go.
[Step one] Kill the vines.
I've got this, essentially. Current plan is cutting away the lower regions of the bushes to physically uproot the vines, but I'd rather not continue this (holly is pointy). I've taken a run through the home and garden sections around town and didn't see any kind of anti-vine herbicides; but perhaps that is still an option.
[Step two] Get these mother fucking vines out of my mother fucking trees.
Once I've killed them, I'm going to have dry rotting clumps of vine in the upper bows of my trees (Did I mention they're all up in my trees? Because they are). This seems like a bad thing, and this is the real pain. My present solution is pulling on them until they come out, break, or my hands hurt. This usually ends in the latter and is not 100% effective. How might I improve this process? / If I can't reach them, is it really a concern? Preliminary concern being.. fire? I don't know, they're ugly. I want them down, just not enough to climb the tree.
Bonus points for any solution that makes a compelling argument to buy a new tool, or using an existing tool in a novel (albeit dangerous) way.