Once kudzu is removed from a site, what should go back in its place? The surgical removal of kudzu root crowns has the least impact on what is growing at the site. Thermal, chemical, and most other methods tend to knock out some plant life. Without intervention, a site is likely to develop an assortment of native plants (weeds) during the first year or two. Biologists call this process "succession".
The late Dr. Larry Nelson, Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Clemson University, said: "I would think a good sod-forming grass would be ideal. Bermuda or centipede grass might be good candidates although the centipede is a bit pricey and might require some irrigation. Bermuda grass, on the other hand, is used in pastures, is fairly drought hardy, and will form a good competitive sod." Bermuda grass, Cynodon dactylon, is said to be the most common turf grass in South Carolina.
The property owner is responsible for determining what vegetation occupies the new habitat.
Revised August 2007