This is arguably one of the worst kudzu eyesores within the city limits of Spartanburg. While perhaps considered a picturesque by some, these "green mummies" represent dying, or dead, trees. July 2005.
The site might appear rural in the previous photograph, but it is in fact inside the city. Heywood Ave. is well traveled. These early spring photographs were taken before the kudzu growing season, and show that the site stretches from the parking lot of a medical facility to a raised railroad track. April 2006.
Instead of attempting the massive job of clearing the ground of kudzu, the first priority is to save trees. The gapping method kills vines already in trees, and prevents new vines from growing up into the trees. Notice in the photographs that hanging vines are cut off about five feet above the ground. The dead vines will eventually fall from the trees as they decay. As long as the kudzu stays out of the trees, it can remain as ground cover for erosion control. However, it shall be necessary to patrol the site to make sure vines have not climbed into trees, so strictly speaking the "ground cover" is not "maintenance free". May and June 2006.
The first photograph shows how gapping has preserved trees that are surrounded by a sea of kudzu. Compare this photograph to the first one at the top of this web page, which shows the same scene two years ago prior to any treatment. By comparison, the second photograph shows a nearby area where no treatment was done. We believe that saving trees is time well spent! September 2007.