Keith Kridler, Texas

Kudzu photo from Mississippi

February 18, 2009

Categories: Growing Daffodils, Soil

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They planted this across the southern states when farmers abandoned their properties due to soil erosion. It freezes in winter killing back the foliage but by then the damage has been done as it smothers out most other plant life. Good food for goats and was cut and used for hay locally before the road systems improved and they could ship in bales of hay cheaper. Keith Kridler Mt. Pleasant, Texas

2 responses to “Kudzu photo from Mississippi”

  1. Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee Becky Fox Matthews says:

    Thanks for the kudzu photos, Keith. It can look very creepy at night driving down roads next to trees overtaken by kudzu growing all the way to their tops. The trees take on rather ghostly shapes as you can see in Keith’s first photo. Folks used to say that you shouldn’t leave your window open at night because the kudzu could grow in the window and get you, a joking reference to how fast it grows. (It’s pronounced kuhd-zoo with the emphasis on the first syllable) Somewhere I do have a photograph of an abandoned school bus with kudzu growing all in and out of the windows. ;->
    Since the foliage is off the plants during the winter and early spring, I’ve seen a lot of daffs blooming through it.

  2. Bill Lee says:

    Luckily, it will not grow in Ohio. (Yet!)
    But we have the Japanese honeysuckle to deal with.
    Bill Lee

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