Goats eating away at Tryon’s kudzu problem

Published 1:39 pm Tuesday, July 22, 2008

&bsp;Ron Searcy of Wells Farm said last week that people would see a dramatic difference within a week. The goats will first eat the leaves of kudzu and other weeds and then begin working on the roots.

The goats so far have made a dent in the front portion of the property and along the fenced border, with a visible difference in the leaves.

Tryon officials have been discussing for a few years how to tackle the problem of kudzu on town-owned property. Officials were using a chemical to eradicate kudzu in some areas, but this particular area contains two streams and will one day be part of the town&squo;s greenway system.

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The town paid $600 for the month&squo;s rental.