Getting the vines out
The tree is a magnolia. The vine is a wisteria. The invasion is massive.
I'm cutting the vines and pulling them down... trying to get as much of it done as I can before the vines leaf out. But some of them are too high to reach with a ladder, and so tangled in the tree that hanging all of my weight on the vine doesn't budge it.
I'm thinking about other ways to get the vines out. I wonder if a come-along would work. The danger, of course, is that if I pull too hard I'll break off large parts of the tree. Also, I'm not sure what would be the most effective way would be to attach a come-along to a vine.
Another alternative is to just cut the vines and leave them in the tree until they rot away. All of the instructions I've found on the web seem to imply that. I don't like the idea, but I know I have some neat-freak tendencies, and this may be one of the cases where they're better set aside.