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Taylor Lambert    Posted 12-12-2003 at 19:46:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
How many of yall know what Kudzu is. I got to battle about an acre of it today on the ground at work. The plant I ran the land fill for a few years ago had closed a plant across the street in another complex. We had built 2 big parking loats about an acre wide and 2.5 long. We laid down steel parking barriers and all. Well when the main plant closed last december even though we stayed to close the landfill we didnt get permission to bush hog it. Wellthey sold the palnt and we have to re open the landfill and do all the lot maintenance. Its a limestoned lot with a years growth of theat vine which grows about 18inches a night and its still geen on most of the vines. I took the company's 4000 Ford tractor and put the box blade wit hthe rippers down to catch it. About every 10 feet Id hafv to back the tractor up to empty the vines. I couldnt beleve the holding power of the stuff. I finally got it in big pile and we pushed it off into the unmaintained county drainage ditch where they wanted it. It took about 7 hours to get done. Its choked all the trees down on the other side of the creek. I think the only thing its good for is keeping a bank stable what it was imported for and animal feed. We even have so much of it here that theres a Kudzu fest. folks mak baskets out of the vines. Its got almost the same feed values as Alfalfa plus its growth rate. round up is the only cure for it though and usually it wont kill all of it. Ill have to steam clean the tractor tomorrow to keep the seeds from hitching a ride to the lanfill.


BadMoon    Posted 12-14-2003 at 02:49:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Taylor, A few years ago, I thought that brush goats was the answer. Don't believe it, sure they eat a lot of kudzu but they also pass a lot of seed. Now I have about a acre and a half more Kudzu and Wisiteria vines mixed. What a mess, it will choke down a 3000 ford while trying to bushhog it. Taylor, if you come up with an answer, please pass it on. BadMoon


Taylor lambert    Posted 12-14-2003 at 06:22:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Badmoon how have ya been. I ve seen parts of New Albanies Kudzu crop. MY cousin in Florida says the sheep dont pass seesd like a goat does. Dont hold me to that. We ve cought it eatly in the year and used round up ultra in a strong mix to nuke it. I gug one vine out of a yard and the owner said i want it gone. I dug a 10 by 10 hole 4 feet deep lol and hauled in new fill. now on topsoil jobs they had a soil incinetrator that scrorches all the seeds and roots to anything before you put it down.


rhudson, 24d?    Posted 12-13-2003 at 10:24:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
wonder if spraying it with 245d starting in the spring would kill it? got an idea that it would have to be sprayed about every 4 weeks for a year or so do knock it all out.


toolman    Posted 12-13-2003 at 09:20:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
might be something you could do , take a big hand full of them seeds and throw them over to your new neighbours there , and in a couple years they might give up and move out ,be an easy way to get rid of them , course then youd be stuck with it spreadin , oh well just a thought lol.


Wm. from NC    Posted 12-13-2003 at 05:34:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't think you can EVER get rid of Kudzu. All it takes is one little seed, and it will start again.I have seen it burned and the land scraped and asphalted, and eventually it grows through the asphalt.
I am originally from SC. There was a World War Two army camp there. This stuff was imported, to control erosion, at the camp. Now, the area is TOTALLY covered with the stuff. There have been homes built in the area, and the owners wage a continuous war with kudzu. I don't think it will ever be eliminated. It DOES control erosion though. I would rather have erosion.


Taylor Lambert    Posted 12-13-2003 at 08:13:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
What part of SC ar you from? I was born in Bamburg and my parents lived there a while before moving back down here.
My friend that chicken farms uses is as cow feed he let a pasture over run and the cows love it green but if hy takes his old bushog and grinds it up in the summer when it is super dry the cows go crazy over it and gain several pounds I have a cousin in Florida and he sid the caounty grazes sheep on the stuff to take it back. they fence off 40 acres and put sheep in it. They have to graze it for 3 years straight to kill it. but it one leaf survives you have to start all over.


Bob/Ont    Posted 12-12-2003 at 19:59:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Taylor, I never lived in the South but I have travled there. They say if you don't close your windows at night it will grow in and take over your house. A rather unwelcome Japanese import.
Later Bob


Taylor Lambert    Posted 12-12-2003 at 20:20:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bob alot of chop shops here used it for eviden hiding. Theyd chop the car except for the axles then roll it off a hill into a hollow with kudzu. in a days time it was completely hidden. Usually the car is too rusty to get prints from if its found. Also lots of motorist are hiddin in it after accidents. THe county has tried to keep it mowed way down but ususally just spread it more. I ve seen it grow in the lots of old deisel mechanics shops where the old days oil and fuel were dumped on the ground and nothing else will grow. I think it would grown on the moon.


~Lenore    Posted 12-12-2003 at 19:51:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hate the stuff, it is horrible and almost impossible to get rid of.


Taylor Lambert    Posted 12-12-2003 at 20:10:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lenore I had a fella stealing topsoil off of job I was on. A friend of mine and I had been given the extra topsoild in exchangge for a couple saturdays work. This elderly fella hat owned alot of land and a big fine orchard had taken his grain trucks and his tractor and loaded several loads of it. We had followed his tracks back to his house. We asked him about it and told him we got 10 dollars a load. We were informed that we didnt know who we were talking to that his nephew was the sheriff and blah blah blah and he'd be back after work. My friend and I took a backhoe and dug in some topsoil that had kudzu on it. We scraped the vines off the top with the loader and turned around and dug it up and hauled it to the side of our good topsoil where he would have to load from. The next morning we saw all the kudzu soil gone and part of our pile. That was 2 years ago. Theres not alot of orchard left that not got alot of kudzu control. My aunt said that we had done a bad thing but I think it was a good treat for a rich tightwad topsoil thief lol. Ithink the thought that he had cheated a couple of youngsters out of 100 dollars but instead stent a few thousand.


~Lenore    Posted 12-12-2003 at 20:22:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
WOW!!
"Vengence is mine says the Lord"
I think you and your friend lightened the Lord's load some. LOL
I understand what you did :-)
but you two were really playing hard ball with that old jerk.


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