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Old 02-21-2012, 12:15 PM
 
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Oh, my God! I live in the North East and have never seen the stuff. How do you kill it, wait until winter and chop it down? Is it difficult? It looks like English Ivy, which is a real struggle because it is green all year round where we are. My sympathies to the South.

You have to get the whole root out of the ground -- it's like a 300-lb carrot.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:06 PM
 
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Oh, my God! I live in the North East and have never seen the stuff. How do you kill it, wait until winter and chop it down? Is it difficult? It looks like English Ivy, which is a real struggle because it is green all year round where we are. My sympathies to the South.
In the winter months it dies down and some people will try to burn it ... but in the spring it's right back. Our county has some chemical they spray on it when it nears a major road to stop it.

A friend of mine visited from California and coming home from the airport she asked me 'what is that beautiful vine I see growing everywhere?' I told her not to worry it would make it to California at the rate it grows.

Kudzu was brought into the the US in the 1930's and planted in the southeast to prevent soil erosion. Providing jobs for men during the Great Depression. It can also be used at cattle feed. It came from Japan or China one. Harvard Medical School has been working on a extract from kudzu to treat alcoholism.

It kills everything it grows over, trees, bushes and cattle don't really like it. Growing up to 18 inches a night it is a monster plant.
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Old 03-04-2012, 04:13 PM
 
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In the winter months it dies down and some people will try to burn it ... but in the spring it's right back. Our county has some chemical they spray on it when it nears a major road to stop it.

A friend of mine visited from California and coming home from the airport she asked me 'what is that beautiful vine I see growing everywhere?' I told her not to worry it would make it to California at the rate it grows.

Kudzu was brought into the the US in the 1930's and planted in the southeast to prevent soil erosion. Providing jobs for men during the Great Depression. It can also be used at cattle feed. It came from Japan or China one. Harvard Medical School has been working on a extract from kudzu to treat alcoholism.

It kills everything it grows over, trees, bushes and cattle don't really like it. Growing up to 18 inches a night it is a monster plant.
There is some sort of (hormonal?) weed killer that you spray only during the fall, when the plant is taking energy to store in the roots for next spring. It gets absorbed by the leaves and pulled down into the roots.
Pity that they cannot get something like that for kudzu.

I hate English Ivy and that is hardly 18 inches per night growth. Cattle don't like it. Hey, maybe we should see if we can get fuel from it?
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