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Posted on: September 9, 2022

Kudzu: The Invasive Vine that Ate the South


Our Environmental Commission has advised us of the following:

Earlier this week it was confirmed to me by two local expert botanists that kudzu vine has been observed within our township. It is observed on State Road near the Rt 1 exit ramp, right by the Antique store. It appears to be a small infestation as of now, but the plant grows around a foot a day, and individual vines can reach over 60'-100' within one year.

Kudzu directly out-competes our native grasses, vines, and mature trees, and even many invasive species. Goats are effective removal, but since the roots are difficult to reach, it must be done over a multi-year period. I strongly believe we should address the vine now, while herbicides (or goats, etc.) may have more of a chance to reach the roots. I have heard from other municipalities that infestations are fairly manageable when caught when they are small, and essentially impossible to manage once it has established a large area. Some places in TN and Indiana for example have spend literally $100,000s trying to control infestations.

The bigger issue is that this winter is predicted to be mild, and there is a serious chance that the vine will have viable seeds over the winter. If that happens, we could be looking at 10s of thousands of dollars to remediate, not to mention huge loss of trees, etc.

For more information on what you as a resident can do, click on this link: Kudzu

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