I have a large backyard, well large for downtown Ft Lauderdale. There is always a tangled mess of vines which are hard to control. Last summer, the vines suffocated another tree, this one in my neighbors yard. The dead tree came down on top of my fence. We cut up what we could we the chain saw, but the job was too big for us.
It was a pretty hot day when this was taken, it was summer.
In December the weather turned cold and has been cold for most of the time ever since. We usually get a few days of very cold, but this winter we have gotten many, many days were it has been in the 40's. The good news about such a prolonged period of cold is that it has killed lots of the suffocating vines.