Kudzilla to make one last trip Tues.

Published 3:33 pm Friday, October 29, 2010

It is getting close to the time for the Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) to shut down work on the Kudzu site at the corner of Ozone and Thompson roads in Saluda for the winter. The Mighty Kudzilla will be making one last trip up the mountain from Spartanburg on Tuesday, November 2. Work will start at 8 a.m. and continue until 10 a.m. The public is invited to come and watch, ask questions or pitch in and see what you can do to help clean up the site.

Volunteers say it has been a true labor of love and they have had fun gathering each Thursday digging around the crowns and cutting them out.

Fall and winter plans for SCLT include trail work. This is a great time of year to be out and not have to fight the heat or those pesky little insects. SCLT will need to work on cutting kudzu out of the trees. If this is done, next year new kudzu growth will not be able to climb that leftover vine and get another hold on the tree. The trees need the sun, and cleaning out the underbrush will help them, too.

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Remember, after three and half feet of straight growth, the vine will fall. It has to have something to cling to in order to climb the tree. Kudzu does not want to circle anything that is more than 8 inches in diameter, 24 inches in circumference.

For more information call 828-749-1560 and leave a message. SCLT will get back to you promptly.