Coalition To Control Kudzu Infestations Without Chemicals
October 2008 Newsletter
new sites adopted: Each year we ask officials from the City of
Sumter National Forest project: Lou Adams, Marlene Comer, Robin Mackie, Art Seboe and a team of contract workers completed a project at a 23 acre site known as the Sedalia Hunt Club. This was a follow-up on the 2007 initiative documented in Mary Morrison’s article “Alternative Controls for Kudzu” published in the fall issue of “Wildland Weeds”. The key finding is that non-chemical methods can be used INSTEAD OF herbicides after the original infestation is knocked back by herbicides. See http://www.kokudzu.com/Shared/PDF/WildWeeds_08-09b.pdf
Other lessons learned: During the above project, our team observed crowns sprouting this year which were not sprouting in 2007. Steve Patton also noticed that many large crowns had only one vine. Most of these vines were only two or three feet long, which is most unusual for mid-September. We hypothesized that previous herbicide applications had stressed the crowns and caused these results. Later, we learned that Dr. Jim Miller had documented similar observations years ago. It was new to us but old hat to him.
victory: We have just removed the last visible kudzu from the
initiative with students: Ms. Renee Smith, Environmental Science teacher
at Riverside High in Greer, SC., brought
five classes (125 students) out to control the kudzu around their football
field. This is a major step forward for our “No student left indoors” initiative. The Kudzu Coalition provided the tools while Rich Mead, experienced kudzu fighter in
Experiment and test area: Paul Savko has built a compost bin in the test area behind the Y to demonstrate one of the benefits of kudzu. Don Oldham is proving again that hot water can kill individual kudzu plants. Jim Anderson keeps the area mowed and looking first class. A large group of 150 visitors to the city toured the area last Sunday.
Kudzu Coalition to Control Kudzu without Chemicals while Having Fun