How does the fast-growing weed Kudzu affect our wild birds? Well, since the plant grows so rapidly and kills all native plants in its way, birds lose their habitat and natural food sources. And our birds are already losing enough habitat as it is.
Kudzu has claimed seven million acres of land in the Southeastern United States and is currently consuming 120,000 acres per year. –Kudzu-Free Communities
So, how do we stop it? Well, for a fraction of the chemical and manpower cost to remove Kudzu, goats are taking over. Apparently, they love the stuff and can clear an entire patch in a day or two. Effective!
In Chattanooga, a local farmer allowed his goat herd to graze on the kudzu with dramatic results. A television show called Dog With Jobs featured a goat-herding dog that worked with kudzu. A cool, environmentally safe idea.
This weed is one of the best known invasive plant species in the United States and goats seem to be one of the best ideas to eliminate it. No chemicals, no hard labor, and inexpensive too. There are some other non-chemical alternatives that are effective as well.
A common belief is that the only way to eliminate kudzu control is to spray with herbicides. The Kudzu Coalition has learned over the past four years that there are many effective methods to control small infestations of kudzu without using chemicals. — www.kokudzu.com
Strangely, there are some who do not think kudzu to be a problem (such as the mayor of Peachtree City, Harold Logsdon), but we hope this program keeps on growing and more people get involved!