How does one get rid of kudzu without poising the dirt?

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Are the starchy roots edible by humans?

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  • ?
    Lv 6
    8 years ago
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    Wow, you have kudzu that far North? Did you know it was imported to this country for erosion control? And at that, it excels.

    The best control for kudzu that I have seen is a lawnmower. That stuff sends roots three feet deep.

    The only way to rid your yard of it is with regular maintenance. You have to starve it out. Do not let the leaves mature. You can use Roundup along with the mower. But expect a fight. Poison just seems to piss it off.

    And of course, the birds love eating kudzu seed. So it is a never ending battle, once the stuff gets a foothold.

    http://www.walterreeves.com/how-to-archive/how-to-...

    http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/kudz...

    Some good articles about something we in the South are quite intimate with, kudzu.

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  • 5 years ago

    While killing Kudzu is seen as a labor intensive task, the process is simple enough. While others say it's impossible, there's nothing impossible getting rid of this invasive weed, landscaping companies put a price, you and some volunteers can do it for cheap, all you need is a shovel, a trowel, a saw, some gloves, no chemicals needed. Like a maze in reverse, follow the kudzu vine down to the ground and grab a shovel, dig up what's called the root crown. The root crown will look like a starfish or sea urchin; massive assembly of roots emanating from a central point, it's the food source that allows the plant to regenerate even if you cut the vines, that's what you gotta get rid of. All regeneration stems from the crown, not the roots, the roots simply provide nutrients from the crown and the crown stores food produced by the leaves, once you've gotten rid of the root crown the rest of the vines will die. Dig into the soil until you find the root crown, then with a trowel dig away all the extra dirt to expose it. Take a saw and cut EVERY SINGLE one of the roots that travel to it's crown from a distance of one to two feet away from the crown. You've killed the plant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA_OKp2gYNE

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  • KMcG
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    There are a couple of way to do that. There is a method of killing it that involves cutting it back as far as possible and then you inset these sort of wood needle things in what's left and it only kills the kudzu. Sorry I do not remember what the spike things are called, a good gardening center will know, although there may be easier to use, newer products available since I did that method..

    The easier, lazier, but slower method is goats and hogs. Goats will eat the leaves and hogs will dig up the roots and eat them. If you live in the country, you might be able to borrow a goat or two from someone , same with the pigs.

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  • 4 years ago

    A well-educated rat hunter comparable to a terrier could do with one or two and a variety of persistence, however the fine way to do away with rats and different vermin is through getting a ferret to discuss with! You can also to find one in the neighborhood seeing you live in the nation. A ferret keeper/fancier/breeder will in general lend you one or come over to "do the job". One whiff of a ferret and the rats will flea for their lives.... A ferret will even get down holes too small for a terrier to flush out any macho rats! Just right good fortune!

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  • James
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    It is a good cattle feed. And erosion fighter. Cut it every other day for how ever long it takes. Or if you have some goats. let them overgraze it to death. Pigs will root it out over time as well.

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  • 8 years ago

    Paint the leaves with Brush Killer. Be persistent, and repeat anytime you see new growth. (it can take awhile to get the underground tuber that holds a lot of energy)

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  • 8 years ago

    blow torch, singe the leaves/plant once a week, this will cause it to use up all it's resources and eventually die.

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