Saluda Community Land Trust plans to battle kudzu

Published 5:40 pm Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hikes set for Sundays
Thanks to a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF), Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) will work on kudzu control for the next year, even during the winter months as weather permits. The organization has several sites picked out, some of which are continued from last year. Kudzu control takes several years of hard work before it’s time to breathe that sigh of relief.
SCLT’s plan is to address each site during the next 12 months. The group will use different methods based on conditions at each individual site.
SCLT suggests a few steps for residents to take in the meantime. Check power poles and power lines for kudzu. If there is a problem, find out what company owns the power pole. Call them and report the problem and exact location.
SCLT suggests cutting back kudzu vines as far back as you can. Any underbrush should also be cut back. Kudzu does climb but it can only grow 3½ feet up before it falls. That is why it is always searching for something to climb.
SCLT has also scheduled hikes on the first and third Sunday of each month, weather permitting. Hikers meet at the parking lot of the Saluda Library at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Nancy at 828-749-4661 or Chuck at 828-749-9886.
For further information about SCLT, call 828-749-1560 or visit www.
– article submitted
by Nora Parks Anderson