Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Problem Solved -

To re­move a vine from a tree, sever it at the base and clear a ring around the trunk. Don’t try to re­move the whole vine, as pulling it off could dam­age or tear the bark, and it’s not prac­ti­cal to do in the case of tall trees any­way. The dead vine will slowly wither, the leaves will drop and the ten­drils will re­lease their grip. In the case of low-grow­ing vines, or cling­ing aerial roots, you can care­fully prise them off us­ing an old knife, work­ing sec­tion by sec­tion.

Roots girdling a tree trunk.

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