Former Assistant Director Danny Bellows ponders the kudzu approaching the fenced in animal grounds. He is smiling because the Coalition is on its way! January 2006.
Young frisky volunteers remove and flag kudzu crowns. And a good time was had by all! February 2006.
Kudzu crosses the property line from a neighboring lot, so a barrier fence was installed. Two Coalition volunteers pose beside the first section of the fence in the first photograph. The second photo shows the section completed later. April and May 2006.
The fence is a success, but kudzu pours around its edge and continues to invade the property. Note the absence of kudzu immediately adjacent to the fence, where volunteers removed kudzu. February 2007.
A small grove is kudzu-free (first photograph). Elsewhere, good-sized kudzu crowns continue to be found and removed (second photograph). February 2007.
A plastic sheet is temporarily used to prevent kudzu from doing an end-run around the fence. June 2007.
A new Humane Society President, Sandy Christiansen, asked the Coalition to push back the kudzu on both the west and east sides of their property. Sandy wanted to create more of a "campus" for volunteers to walk dogs that reside at the Humane Society. The west portion of their property was cloaked in kudzu, as shown in the photograph. February 2009.
Coalition volunteer Buddy Waters used his bush hog to clear about a quarter of an acre of kudzu. As often happens, the kudzu masked years of accumulated junk. Buddy uncovered a refrigerator and 84 tires during one day in April, an all-time record for Coalition work in Spartanburg County. A few tires, and other debris, are shown here. April 2009.
By the end of the day Buddy had removed the overlying vegetation, including a significant portion of the kudzu. Volunteers could now remove the remaining kudzu crowns using hand tools. April 2009.
After a half dozen kudzu parties, and good work by Humane Society employee Kevin Price planting Bermuda grass, Sandy has his "west campus". July 2009.
Sandy was not happy with the wall of kudzu on the eastern edge of the property. The fence that Coalition volunteer Paul Savko installed in 2006 and 2007 had proven that fences could be effective kudzu barriers. Sandy wanted to know if it would be practical to clear all of the kudzu that was along the flood control catch basin running north and south. It was a formidable undertaking: the first photograph shows the view looking south at the mounds of kudzu (February 2009), and the second photograph shows a view looking east at trees covered with kudzu with the fence to their left barely visible (June 2009). The kudzu-covered mound of earth along the flood control ditch is in the foreground of the second photograph.
The Humane Society arranged for a group of their volunteers, along with Coalition volunteers, to attack the kudzu. Big vines indicated that the crowns would be large (first photograph), and they were (second photograph)! The young lady holding up the kudzu crown is Deb Morton, a Humane Society volunteer. May 2009.
The first photograph shows Paul and Bryant Suber, contract worker for the Kudzu Coalition, clearing the top of the bank along the catch basin. (June 2009). Note a few of the new fence posts for extending the three year old fence (not visible). The second photograph shows new fencing in the foreground, which joins the old section of fence at the wood post midway down the length of the fence (September 2009). The nearest fence post is where the fence will take a 90 degree turn to the left.
This photograph shows the view along what will be a new length of fence from the foreground fence corner to a neighbor's chain link fence in the background. New fence posts are visible, and Brandon Hester (left, contract worker) is removing kudzu from ground that will be the base of the new section of fence. Paul is in the background at right. September 2009.
With help from Buddy and his bush hog, plus cleanup by Paul David Blakeley and Kudzilla, the appearance around the fence is much improved. Dr. Charlie Covert, volunteer from the Kudzu Coalition, assisted in the final fabric installation. The green mesh fabric on the fence, 50% shade cloth, provides a barrier to the kudzu. Sandy is happy with his improved "east campus". January 2010.