The Coalition knows of no method that fully kills kudzu with a single treatment. Multiple treatments over two or three years appear necessary. The possible exception is surgical crown removal, which might be accomplished in one year. In any case, persistence is required!
This web page provides an outline of methods available for small-property owners that are effective in tests conducted by the Coalition, or others. Use the outline as a "flow chart", and find the case that best describes your situation. The treatment methods are divided into two major cases: Kudzu is growing on your property (on the ground, or in trees), or kudzu is invading your property from a neighboring lot. Particular treatment methods are not listed in any particular order. There is no reason to use only one treatment method, as sometimes a combination of methods is appropriate. This outline does not address the use of large landscaping equipment, but if you are interested then see our web page about using a skid loader to remove kudzu.
Click on links (underlined text) below to see examples and illustrations located elsewhere on the web site. Also see our Kudzu Kalendar, which summarizes the stages of life of kudzu in our part of South Carolina. The calendar suggests the best times to carry out different defense and offense activities ("know your enemy").