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Kudzu

hoytman

LawnSite Member
I was looking for help with pricing on eliminating kudzu for a local elec. coop under its right of ways and a few private resi. I do some spraying on the side and have my applicators lisc. but have not taken on a job this big any input would be great.
 

Garth

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Fontana,CA
Kudzu (Pueraria lobata, family Fabaceae, sub Faboideae) is a high-climbing, densely pubescent, semiwoody vine with fleshy, tuberous roots. The leaves are alternate, net-veined, and pinnately compound with three leaflets. The three leaflets arise from the tip of a long petiole. The leaflets are pubescent, entire to lobed, with pinnate major veins. The flowers are perfect and irregular, and have an odor of grape Kool-Aid. The flowers are numerous in axillary panicles. The petals are purple or reddish-purple with a distinct yellow patch on the largest petal. The fruit is a several-seeded flat legume that is brown, pubescent, and 4-5 cm long.
Kudzu is a fast-growing vine that persists along roadbanks and seems to be spreading into waste areas, fields, and even into the edges of forests. It often climbs on buildings and other man-made structures. It reproduces by seeds and by the tuberous roots.
The fast-growing vine climbs over other plants (including natives) and kills them. Its tuberous root habit makes eradication of this species difficult. Several applications of a systemic herbicide are needed to deplete the nutrients in the root and keep it from sprouting new growth.
I recommend concrete, kerosene, and hand grenades. Good luck
 

ThreeWide

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Georgia Z7
The lastest issue of Turf magazine had an article on this. This issue has not yet been posted online as far as I know.

From what I recall in the article, Escort was a product mentioned. You might do some research on that. One of the products they mentioned requires a special license, over and above the typical turf license.

I also understand that if you use glyphosate, it takes multiple applications for control.
 

Ric

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
S W Florida
TurfUnlimited said:
The lastest issue of Turf magazine had an article on this. This issue has not yet been posted online as far as I know.

From what I recall in the article, Escort was a product mentioned. You might do some research on that. One of the products they mentioned requires a special license, over and above the typical turf license.

I also understand that if you use glyphosate, it takes multiple applications for control.

Turf

I didn't read the article but Know Toron K is pretty rough stuff that has worked for me in the past. BTW Fla how bans the use of Toron. It is a RUP in other states
 
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