I too had morning glories strangle the tops of my tomato plants. In a
way, as the tomato plants got bigger and bigger, the morning glory vines
provided some support for the tomato plants.
I've decided not to grow tomatoes next year since the plants get too big
and unwieldy for the limited space I have and by the time I have lots of
tomatoes, everyone else has lots of tomatoes too. So I'm just going to
eat other people's tomatoes next year. :-)
By the color of the flowers, those look like moonflowers to me.......
Anyway, if you get frost in your area, that will be the end of the plants,
and they'll let go of the power lines. Otherwise, withhold watering when you
want to get them down for a few weeks, and they'll lose their grip. (or dry
up and the leaves will drop).
Yes, those are moonflowers in the picture but the morning glories are the
adventuresome ones climbing the telephone wire up the telephone pole to
the power lines. I also have a couple of purple passion vines in the mix
as well but they're not as aggressive either.
Cute. You could, of course, ask the power co. And be told this is a
terrible situation. However, I can't imagine all utility poles are
free of climbing vines. As another poster mentioned, the problem will
take care of itself after first frost. I wouldn't worry.
i wouldn't want to take a chance on a short circuit no matter what
anyone says :) cause i'm scared sh...... of electicity. soooooo i
would cut the vine off well below the lines and allow the part on the
lines to die.
FWIW all the lines in your pictures are relatively low
voltage lines (i.e. 460 volt or less, note that the outside
light directly taps one of these. The transformer with the
7500 volt lines must be on another pole?). The hot wires are
insulated so there is very little likelyhood that they could
be shorted out. It could cause problems with windloading and
weight though. There isn't enough shown in the picture to
make that determination. I've seen grapevines get to be big
and heavy enough to cause the latter sort of problem.
The power companies have lots of 7500 volt lines around now
that touch vegetation. Take a close look where they pass
through thick areas for stunted growth and brown leaves.
They don't seem to get too excited about these problems
until they start blowing line fuses. Their budgets are just
too tight (or so they claim) to trim much anymore, only when
there is a glaring problem...
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