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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
I have a huge live oak tree in front of my house that is completely covered in some type of vine. It has what looks like poison ivy mixed in but the majority is this other stuff.

It's taking over the tree and I'm assuming it cant be good for it. If it isnt bad for the tree I dont mind it being on there but my priority by far is protecting the tree

I live in ascension so if yall have any recs for a good arborist nearby who can help I'd appreciate it



jimbeam
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
Idk but once your trim it back the trunk will look longer


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007mag
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
I'm not sure what it is but I'd think you could cut it around the base of the tree with a weed eater or machete and kill it.


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The Last Coco
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
I don't see any poison ivy but it certainly could be there. Upper left side looks like Virginia creeper, not sure what the stuff lower on the trunk is. Either way, I'd cut the vines around the base, wait for it to die and then pull it off.


Popths
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
Contact Dan Gill at LSU. Google him. He can help you get rid of it and give you helpful info. He responds fast.


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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
Best done in winter


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Wolfmanjack
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
Purple wintercreeper
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AlxTgr
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
My jasmine does this. I cut it. It goes away.


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GeauxBichGeaux
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
looks like a creeping fig.i hate that stuff. is invasive as all hell and the only way i could get rid of it was to dig it out with a box blade.

theres gonna be no easy way to get it off that tree and you should as it will compete for light with the tree and harbor pests that might rot encourage rot.

dont just chop it off at the ground and think it will die, they have aerial roots all along the vine so your just gonna have to pull that stuff out the tree by hand.


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CrawDude
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
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Contact Dan Gill at LSU. Google him. He can help you get rid of it and give you helpful info. He responds fast.


Dan Gill retired last year from the AgCenter. But you can contact the LSU AgCenter horticultural extension agent in the parish you reside.


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shell01
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
The Virginia Creeper (upper left, 5-leaflet, often confused with poison ivy) isn't going to hurt the oak and produces berries in the fall, and colorful foiliage.

The smaller leaved vine that is everywhere else does look like invasive creeping fig and should be cut and removed.


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DuckManiak
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
I have it on my big live oak, as well. I cut the vine closest to the trunk all the way around. It dies within a week.


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TigerAxeOK
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
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I don't see any poison ivy but it certainly could be there. Upper left side looks like Virginia creeper, not sure what the stuff lower on the trunk is. Either way, I'd cut the vines around the base, wait for it to die and then pull it off.
^^^This^^^

It's Virginia Creeper and possibly something else mixed in. Have an ancient pecan tree at my job and it was covered in the stuff up to 20 feet up the main trunk and forks. Cut the base of vines years ago and ripped the vines off after they died. After a couple years of cutting new growth off the vine stubs, they died and quit growing altogether.


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CrawDude
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
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Either way, I'd cut the vines around the base, wait for it to die and then pull it off.


And after cutting the vines at their base apply Trichlopyr (8.8%) - stump and vine killer - to the freshly cut stem. It will be translocated to the vine root system to kill it. LINK
ETA: Emphasis on applying it to Freshly cut stem. Cut the stem and immediately apply the herbicide, repeat, ......... Good luck - that looks like it might take a while.
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Ron Cheramie
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
the brown stuff on top right that looks dead is resurrection fern will be green when it rains


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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
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CrawDude


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
What's the best way to do that? Cut each vine by hand and put the herbicide on each end with a rag? Weedeater and spray it? I dont mind doing it by hand, I just want to make sure I dont hurt the tree. It's about 3 feet away from my house.


CrawDude
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
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What's the best way to do that?

Yes, I’d cut them by hand b/c you want a nice clean edge to apply the herbicide on. I know the Bonide Strump and Vine Killer, already has a brush attached to the top (like woman’s nail polish), but I don’t know if the other brands of stump and vine killer (same active ingredient) has the little brush, but you could use an artist brush or something similar.

You want to make sure you apply it (just paint it on) to the outer edge of the cut stem b/c that’s where the cambium layer is that will translocate the herbicide to the roots. For small stems just paint the whole thing, but for a thicker diameter stem, just the outer edge. The interior sapwood doesn’t translocate the herbicide.

As I mentioned b/c the wound on the cut stem callouses over quickly, cut and immediately apply the herbicide, and then go to the next stem.

Given the vines you have, you might have to do this more than once if some re-sprout, and that’s likely going to happen, but continue the process with the same product and you’ll kill them all. Be patient and persistent.
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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
Great, thank you very much for the help. I didnt want to go to putting herbicide on there because I'm nervous about it transmitting to the tree somehow. I'm assuming that I need to make sure the poison doesnt get on the tree?


CrawDude
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re: What is this stuff on my live oak and how do I get rid of it?
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I'm nervous about it transmitting to the tree somehow.


Understood. Although a trichlopyr is one of many herbicides used to kill or defoliate trees along pipeline rightways, etc you’ll be fine cutting and applying it the vines at the base of the tree, particularly tree that size. But in the interest of caution, avoid spilling it at the base of the tree.


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