Day 123 | May 3, 2014


L. H. Craig turns his cattle on the kudzu a few hours every day to keep his regular pasture in good condition (Pickens County, 1943).
Image from Clemson University Special Collections.


Today, Kudzu (Pueraria lobata [Willd.] Ohwi.) is one of the most difficult weeds to control in the Southeastern United States. The species was introduced to this country from southeast Asia as early as 1876 (Shurtleff and Aoyagi, 1977). It was initially established as an ornamental, but was used later for erosion control and supplemental cattle grazing.Because of its rapid growth and ability to capture sites at the exclusion of nearly all other plants including trees, it is now widely recognized as a noxious weed. Kudzu has infested an estimated two million acres of land in the South and considerable research has been devoted to developing economical control measures. Overgrazing and repeated mowings have provided effective control in certain situations (see Miller and Edwards, 1983 for details). Recently, herbicide treatments have been developed for this purpose. This report summarizes current guidelines for controlling kudzu with herbicides. It is based on research conducted by Dr. Jim Miller, a research forester for the USDA Forest Service, George W. Andrews Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Auburn, Alabama.

To learn more about Kudzu, visit the Kudzu Eradication Guidelines on the provided by the Forestry & Natural Resources program.


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