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How To Control KudzuKudzu control

For farmers and landowners, a troublesome invasive vine that has been quite hard to control is one native from Japan known as kudzu. This vine can very quickly grow out of control where it is established to the point where it has been nicknamed the "foot a night vine", the "mile a minute vine" and in some cases the "vine that ate the South." Removing the kudzu vine which has been becoming widespread in the southeastern United States has grown into a major issue and is something that people have been frustrated with managing, however there are ways to control it and it starts with learning about this invasive plant.

Kudzu was brought over to the U.S. from Japan as far back as the 1800’s in order to help with erosion control. The government paid farmers to grow this plant and help improve agriculture since it was known to be a fast growing ground cover and good foraging crop. However, it was learned to be a mistake as the vine would grow well beyond where it was intended to grow and would overtake lands and virtually anything that gets in its way, whether they are vehicles or houses.

The kudzu vine can grow up to 12 feet in a day and is not slowed down by poor conditions. The vines can grow up and over almost any structure and literally covers objects with it’s fast-growing vegetation.  What helps it to thrive is it’s characteristics such as very deep taproots that are almost impossible to dig out entirely. Also, kudzu contains main crown and then smaller crowns as the stems root at internodes. Any crown left behind in the soil while trying to carry out control measures can cause the plant to resprout and come back with a vengeance.

If you have kudzu growing on your lawn, Solutions Pest and Lawn can provide you with the tips and tools that can defeat this invasive weed for good.

How To Get Rid of Kudzu: 3 Step Solution

As difficult and frustrating as kudzu is, it is possible to put a stop to them reduce and completely kill off the invasive plant. Using only mechanical or manual means will leave you in disappointment when kudzu grows right back with no intention of stopping. This is when it is best to use chemical means of treatment to ensure that kudzu is not only taken out, but they stay gone. Check out our simple steps below to learn how to manage this irritating plant.

Step 1: First and foremost it is important to identify and be completely sure that the plant that you are dealing with on your land is in fact, kudzu. There are other plants which look similar to kudzu so it can be easy to confuse it with other plants. If you are not totally sure via independent research, we recommend you to email us a photo at identification@solutionsstores.com and we will be able to accurately ID the plant and then present you recommendations for control.

Step 2: Once you have properly identified the plant as kudzu, we recommend using tools, whatever you prefer, to begin cutting down the kudzu vines. Mow or cut the vegetation down until it gets to the ground level. Loppers tend to work well with this plant.

Step 3: Finally it’s time to break out the big guns and use herbicides to kill off the kudzu plant for good. We recommend using either brush killer with triplocyr or 2,4D with dicamba or even going the systemic route with glyphosate. Apply liberally to sufficiently kill the plant. Repeated application may be necessary to ensure total eradication. Apply to freshly cut stumps.

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