I thought I’d give you a kudzu update. The front of the property is 85% clear of kudzu. Whatever is left is hanging down by the road. I patrol along the front of the house every couple days, looking for anything I missed or new vines trying to stage a comeback. I feel like a guard dog…and look like one too, I’m sure!
I always carry at least one weapon. Snippers, clippers, machete or what have you. Mars conjunct Mercury – I love a hand tool with a blade.
Now today I went over to the barn which is a different area completely. I was going to leave this kudzu for my husband who prefers to wait until winter. I started hacking away and was shocked at how far it had encroached onto our property. I thought it had ran over a low fence about a foot. It was more like four to six feet and it had sent out runners that were twenty feet long and rooted in yard.
This is the area I cleared. You can see the tree stumps I uncovered. I had no idea they were there.
You can also see my neighbor’s kudzu problem. Or kudzu forest is more like it. This may look hopeless to you. To me it’s GAME ON.
Now the family that owns that property is the same family on the other side of me. His yard is kudzu free and immaculate. So I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to get permission to hack kudzu on the other side of the fence which is of course, more fun for Elsa. That’s an 80 acre parcel over there.
As of now the property is pretty much clear of kudzu and the dog aka me will be on it. Oddly, before I moved here, I told my doctor I was going to walk the property line at least once daily. I guess most would carry their phone. I’m going to carry a tree saw.
I don’t think this is going to do much to change my “peculiar neighbor” tag. I don’t care. They can just be glad I don’t have a tractor..
My husband calls kudzu a demon. I call it a devious bastard. You should see how beautiful it seems. So vibrant and healthy, with beautiful flowers no less!
Is there “kudzu” in your life? Something that seems appealing but will choke you out if you don’t stay on top it?