Coalition to Control Kudzu Infestations without Chemicals
August 2008 Newsletter
Kudzilla on the cover: A picture of Paul David Blakeley and Kudzilla are on the cover of the current edition of “Wildland Weeds”. Kudzilla is Paul David’s skid loader equipped with metal tracks, double prong attachment, 18 foot boom with grapple hook, and reptilian comb. The article that got Paul David to the cover was written by Dr. Dianne Fergusson, member of the Kudzu Coalition board of directors.
slowing down: Fortunately kudzu’s rate of growth drops off about 40% in August based on a study done more than 50
years ago at
Two victories: Last week we removed the last visible kudzu from two sites: the Spartanburg High site along the Mary Black Rail Trail, and the Duncan Park site known as Peggy’s Patch # 2 (named for Peggy Romine, the neighborhood leader). Once we clear away each one of the visible kudzu plants as was done in these two sites, eradication takes only a few patrols and mop up work to get to “Kudzu Free Zone”.
Kudzu free zones: 15 sites out of our sixty plus total are now Kudzu Free. They are: Beacon St. behind the Beacon, Boiling Springs South of 4th across from disposal site, Brentwood Dr. inside curve, I-26 & Bus I-85, Children’s Advocacy Center, Children’s Shelter, Converse Heights at Otis & Palmetto railroad bank, Drayton Road curve, Duncan Park cove by South Park Drive, Habitat for Humanity at Una, Marion & Alexander corner, Peter’s Creek crossing, Peter’s Creek dam, Oak Creek Plantation dam, and J. B. White Blvd. park at Crescent. Except for the Oak Creek Plantation dam, all sites are pictured on the web site www.kokudzu.com. To look at any of these, we suggest you use the search feature which Lou Adams has built in to every page on our web site.
champion (large) crown: For several years the largest crown we had encountered was the
one removed from the I-26 crossing over Business I-85. It measures 20 ½ inches
around the base of the crown, is about 50 years old, and is shown on our web
site. In July the City of Spartanburg Youth Corps team, working
initiative: A major priority for the Coalition is to engage young folks in
controlling invasive plants under the banner of “No student left indoors”. To that end, we meet with the seven School District Superintendents on
September 11. Todd Stephens from the
library has provided copies of Richard
Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods
for distribution to the Superintendents and to each principal of the middle schools and high schools in
# 1 on Google: A friend pointed out that when you Google “kudzu control”, our web site comes up number one after the sponsored links. Yea! We continue to benefit from the nice job that Lou Adams did in setting this up and making it what it is today.
Warning -- Yellow jackets: We have seen more and angrier yellow jackets this year than any of the previous seven spent in and around kudzu patches. Please be careful!
“Joint Project” using herbicides: The “joint study” behind the Beacon Restaurant in
Morrison’s article about our 23 acre test: The current issue of “Wildland Weeds”, which is just coming
off the presses, has an article written by Forester Mary Morrison on the
subject of using non-herbicidal methods as a follow up after using herbicides.
Her idea was to substitute a non-chemical treatment instead of a fourth-year
herbicide application on 23 acres in
New record for Kudzilla: Paul David skillfully directed Kudzilla at the new Hillcrest/Hillview neighborhood site last Thursday evening. He cleared slightly more than an acre in two hours. Neighborhood leaders Samantha Parks and Connie Melton observed and were delighted. Granted, conditions were optimum, but this sets a new standard for what can be done with this equipment.
application visible on
Heavy equipment volunteers requested: The skid steer loader (bobcat) and bush hog activities are proving so valuable that we would like to double our capacity. We are looking for one more volunteer with a skid steer loader and two more bush hog owners, each of which might be willing to use their equipment to battle kudzu. Please contact Newt at (864) 497-5387 if you have this type of equipment and are willing to help us.
Computer savvy volunteers requested: Needed: Someone to help with the website www.kokudzu.com and someone willing to use the Internet to find and to respond to articles and sites which contain incorrect or misleading information about kudzu control.
Thank you for your continuing interest and support for the environment, the community, and the students. From: The wonderful volunteers making up the Kudzu Coalition