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How can large amounts of fallopia aubertii be cut ?

 
Marion Wick
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I have a big load (about 20 cubic meters) of Fallopia aubertii, muddled up with wire mesh sitting in my back yard... Its a terrible mess, and anything I tried for to cut it away, doesn´t work. Anyone an idea what do do ?
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Michael Cox
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Tangled with wire?

What about burning the patch then ripping the wire out? Can you get a vehicle there? You could save yourself some pain by slinging a rope round the whole tangle and dragging it into the open to process?

Alternatively just nibble away at it a bit at a time, cutting the wire into shortish strips and throwing them in a bin
 
Marion Wick
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I can,t get it separated from the wire, its all tied in knots, there was a broken down tree in it too and I got out by cutting it bit by bit and then pulling out the pieces. We have a thatched roof our house is just beside it, so I can´t burn it (otherwise that would have been my first choice).. I can´t get a vehicle into there...I have started cutting it bit by bit with wire cutters and pruning sheers, during whole winter (its there since October) , but now its starting to get roots ... I´m not fast enough that way... and I´m getting p****** off too :/
 
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Back getting some mechanical advantage to moving it...

If a vehicle and a rope are out of the question, what about borrowing a winch, slinging a rope around it and using the winch to rip it out wire and plant all tangled up. All you need a a secure anchor - a tree would do. Once you get it free of the earth it is much easier to fold/squash/drag the bundle to get rid of it.

If you get it out of the way of the house could you do a burn?
 
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Is it possible to smother it? Cover it with a tarp and block all of the light from getting to it. In time that should kill it off enough to make it more manageable.

I've also had some luck with killing off grasses with vegetable oil. Spraying a thin coating on the leaves and new growth and then exposing it to bright sunlight should basically suffocate and burn it. The oil will prevent respiration of the plant and weaken it. Sunshine plus oil equals extra heat that the plant might not be able to handle. Using vegetable oil keeps it from being a toxic mess in the end too.

Good luck. Looks like quite the challenge.
 
Marion Wick
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Had a go on it today.. i noticed, for some reason if you do it without getting in a bad temper , singing away to yourself, you get it done faster.. just pull one vine at the time cut away wire, pull another one.. it does work.. just feel like mother earth wanted to teach me be patient.. (the "thing" was "constructed" by a tornado, from a large roof covered with fallopia, the chicken fence and an elm tree). I haven´t lost my temper over it today and it seems to be much smaller now....
 
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Glad to hear it.

Put some music on while you work
 
Marion Wick
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I AM music was singing away "Wind of Change" to myself and it worked changed my attitude towards it ..anyway!
 
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