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Wild grapevine tendrils. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/knitsteel/3010568605/">Kristen Skiles</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Wild grapevine tendrils. Photo: Kristen Skiles, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Short-term gain in the yard-work department

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There's a lot to be said for the burst of energy that leads a person to whack down the tangle of wild grapevines, or blackberries, or box elders that's used the past summer to take over some corner of the yard.

It feels good to clean all that stuff out. But according to Cornell Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy, the gain, and probably the satisfaction, will be short-lived. It may be worth it, but some strategic planning can help extend the benefits.

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Martha Foley
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