As crazy as it sounds, I actually like clearing brush, especially when the brush includes honeysuckle. I attribute my enjoyment thereof to my method, which includes a warm up, a full out period, and a cool down. Well . . . maybe not a cool down, it depends on how you look at it. At any rate, it's important to find a way of enjoying clearing thickets if you are going to own a piece of land because, if you're not rich enough to pay laborers, you will surely do a lot of it!
O.K. here comes the picture part.
Here's a pretty good example of one of the worst thickets I've worked with this year.
And the honeysuckle foliage in the top of a tree will steal all of the sunshine which will weaken the tree.
After the meditative unwinding of vines, comes the part in which you follow the thin vines to the "mother roots" A single mother root may have a dozen small vines coming from it and each of the small vines is rooted into the ground every 4 or 5 inches! This is not fun. But, once I've spent all of that time getting the stuff out of my trees, I am inspired! I can now relentlessly tear out the full mesh of vines covering the ground without a single thought about how I'll fell when I fall out of bed in the morning. I call Micah any time there is a REAL mother root.
Have I forgotten the blackberries? Don't forget them. In Middle Tennessee, at least, they will eat your yard alive if you let them. The nice thing is that if you get them right at their bases, they are surprisingly easy to pull and they aren't prickery there.
Then, all of a sudden, it's over. I have a deep rush of satisfaction at conquering yet another patch of invasive plants. And the best part then (maybe this is the sweet cool down part) is realizing that what I thought would take weeks has only taken a couple of three hour sessions!
A special warning: Do not . . . I repeat DO NOT allow honeysuckle to grow up a fence unless you never want to see that fence again, because un-twining those vines from the thin wires of a fence can be almost impossible.