Spartanburg County suggested that the Coalition consider kudzu control at the Valley Falls Recycling/Collection Center at 4th St. in Boiling Springs, South Carolina. Valley Falls is immediately north of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Photographs show kudzu climbing trees and encroaching from a creek ravine along one side of the collection center. October 2005.
The first photograph shows kudzu growing left towards the collection center chain link fence from the ravine. Believe it or not, there is an asphalt drive under there! The second photograph shows kudzu growing up from the ravine, towards the right, and invading private property as a dense mat on the opposite side of the ravine. October 2005.
Across the street from the center, kudzu lines the public road and covers fence and trees. No kudzu is found over the private fence due to the diligence of horses, shown snacking on kudzu. October and November 2005.
Spartanburg County workers, Bobby Pucket and Rob Henningson on the left, and Coalition volunteer Lou Adams begin site cleanup. Note the pink flags used to mark locations where kudzu crowns are removed. November 2005.
The first photograph shows a kudzu-free fence, an uncovered asphalt parking area ("discovered" during the work), and a cleaned up guardrail. The second photograph shows a kudzu guard on utility pole guy wires. Click for larger images. January 2006.
Coalition volunteer Lou Adams spent the winter 2006-2007 gapping trees between the uncovered asphalt drive and creek, thereby removing enshrouding vines. It is now a more pleasant wooded area on view to the public. The area must be patrolled during the growing season to keep kudzu, and other vines, off trees. This is because it does not appear practical to remove all kudzu from along the deep creek ravine next to the recycling center, which is immediately behind the trees (towards the right in the photograph). November 2006.
Throughout 2008 Lou continued to work and patrol both sides of the highway. All visible kudzu on the south side of the road and across from the Recycling Center has been removed. Continued monitoring is still necessary to spot kudzu plants which might possibly remain. April 2009.