How to get rid of Kudzu
History: A bad decision
Would you believe our government imported kudzu from Japan in 1876 and our government paid farmers to plant it from 1935 into the 1950’s to help control erosion, use it as a herb, and as food for cattle.
The government wakes up
Then the government woke up and realized it was invasive and was a kudzu vine that would eat the entire southeastern USA in one quick gulp…so they said…don’t plant it any more.
Sorry…but it was too late.
Just look at the picture above where an entire forest is gobbled up by the Kudzu.
Or look at the picture of this parking disappearing as it covers or does it devour the asphalt as its next meal.
How kudzu becomes a pest-a foot of growth each day
It kills trees by smothering using its leaves and heavy vines to break the host branches or uprooting the entire tree and/or shrub through the sheer force of its weight. Plants grow as much as 60 feet a summer, about a foot a day. A vine may grow up to 100 feet in length, with stems 4 inches in diameter, tap roots 7 inches or more in diameter, weighing 400 pounds.
PREVENTION and CONTROL
The extensive root system must be destroyed, as any remaining root crowns can lead to new growth. Cut the vines at ground level and destroy all cut material by burning or feeding to cattle. Mow close every month for two growing seasons or plant another crop and that may be effective.
Follow with herbicide to cut stems. Repeat the application of soil-active herbicide regularly.
There is no biological way to kill it…yet.