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Kudzu - Good or Bad? by barnsis


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This patch of Kudzu has been growing along HWY 21 south of St. Louis Missouri. The state has been trying to kill this infestation for several years with herbicides but it is still thriving.

Kudzu was introduced to the United States in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Countries were invited to build exhibits to celebrate the 100th birthday of the U.S. The Japanese government constructed a beautiful garden filled with plants from their country. The large leaves and sweet-smelling blooms of kudzu captured the imagination of American gardeners who used the plant for ornamental purposes.

There’s so much of this fast-growing vine in the Southeastern U.S. (over seven million acres), you might think it was a native plant. Actually, it took a lot of hard work to help kudzu spread so widely. Now that it covers over seven million acres of the deep South, there are a lot of people working hard to get rid of it!

While Kudzu does help prevent erosion, the vines can also destroy valuable forests by growing up trees and covering them thus preventing trees from getting sunlight. This problem led Dr. James H. Miller of the U.S. Forest Service in Auburn, Alabama to research methods for killing kudzu. In eighteen years of research, he has found that one herbicide actually makes kudzu grow better while many have little effect. Miller recommends repeated herbicide treatments for at least four years, but some kudzu plants may take as long as ten years to kill, even with the most effective herbicides. If not stopped in the areas where the plant is growing it will literally take over the country side!!
(Source – The Amazing Story of Kudzu – LINK


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  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 4 years ago

    Golly! It’s a triffid! There’s so many dreadful weeds in this world because people have taken them out of their natural environment. I think it’s too late to stop the damage……it’s happening the world over…..

  • Kudzu is really a bad one.

    – barnsis

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 4 years ago

    An amazing write up on this infestation! Great image also!

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 4 years ago

    Fascinating Byron! I’m thinking bad! Great image and story!

  • Thank you, I agree with you, it is very bad, just drive through the state of Mississippi and you can see where it has killed trees like crazy

    – barnsis

  • Gregory John O'Flaherty
    Gregory John O...over 4 years ago

    And I bet it is not the only introduced decorative plant that is now a pest; and I am sure there are as many animals. Here in Australia the problem sounds just as bad, and probably is, as is with the rest of the world …. they will probably have a Summit over the issue of invasive plants when they have run out of green house gas Summit credits ….. aaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrgggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh

  • This one is really bad they say it can grow 60 feet a year. The southern states (Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama) are literally covered with it.

    – barnsis

  • BarbL
    BarbLover 4 years ago

    Yikes….makes you think of some horror movie where they wake up with the plant having grown over them during the night!! Not sure what the answer is to these types of plants but in the meantime, they sure are beautiful! Nice capture and great info, bro!

  • The saying in Georgia is if you don’t shut your windows at night you will wake up with it in bed with you LINK

    – barnsis

  • Keith Richardson
    Keith Richardsonover 4 years ago

    Triffid Attack!

  • Yes it is, really really bad.

    – barnsis

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanover 4 years ago

    there is someone in our area that is renting goats saying they will eat the kudzu and kill it.. strange thing is… what goes in, has to come out… and it looks to me like, if one seed makes it thru, it is immediately fertilized and growing quickly! great shot, bro!!

  • I have read that goats will keep in under control but then you have to have a good fence to keep the goats in and they can not eat outside the fence. Thanks sis.

    – barnsis

  • mohawk man
    mohawk manover 4 years ago

    kudzu= bad,bad,bad! the only way to effectively kill it off is to kill every sprout from the same root system at roughly the same time, and the roots stretch quite far so this is nearly impossible.

  • Your are right, they have been trying to kill this patch for over five years now and it just keeps spreading

    – barnsis

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 4 years ago

    SB1070 ……..oh but I bet they have a green card………….

  • Definitely green☺

    – barnsis

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Well captured … if only it could be contained! This infestation looks worse than some of the introduced species trying to overtake natural bushland in Australia!

  • This one is small, the cold weather in Missouri in winter is not as conducive to its growth as the milder winters in the south. there you will see miles and miles of it along highways with dead trees standing all along the way.

    – barnsis

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