Thursday, June 18, 2009
When the weather gets hot, the kudzu starts growing and by the middle of summer it is usually covering everything. This stuff grows everywhere! Kudzu vines were imported from Asia into the southeastern United States in the 1900s by railroad workers, who counted on the deep tuber-like roots to shore up embankments. Used in China as livestock forage, the vines grow as much as a foot a day and can crowd out native plants. A few years ago the city of Tallahassee brought in a herd of sheep to try and control it. Sheep can eat a lot of kudzu! I'm not sure how successful that program was, but it sure was fun seeing the sheep all over town eating the kudzu. I wish they would do it again.