Kudzu Matching Grants Now Available in Polk County

Posted On February 3, 2021— Written By Kerry Jones
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The Polk County Board of Commissioners granted a budget for kudzu eradication on September 21, 2020. The Polk County Appearance Commission (PCAC) was given oversight for the 50-50 matching grant applications and disbursement of grant monies. Applicants eligible for this grant include towns, non-profits, and homeowners associations. Requirements for the application can be found on the Polk County Appearance Commission’s website.

The Appearance Commission will seek to award kudzu eradication grants in diverse locations throughout the geographic area of Polk County. The deadline for applications for the first round of grants is February 28, 2021.

The Kudzu application requires an assessment by a qualified individual, a County Extension agent, or a company who has expressed a willingness to do kudzu control. You can contact Scott Welborn, the Polk County Extension Director, who will provide an assessment and guidance for kudzu control or one of the companies willing to do kudzu control as listed on the PCAC website.

Methods of controlling kudzu can be performed in the spring via removal of the vines then daubing the cut vine from where it emerges from the ground with an herbicide, or removal of the kudzu crown. In the kudzu growing season (Summer and Fall), chemical methods are most effective as long as the treatment is done at least two weeks before the first frost. The first frost is normally around the middle of October.

The deadline for completion of grant approved projects will be October 31, 2021. A final report from grant recipients is required as part of the grant process. The final report will be due no later than November 30, 2021. The Final Report form can be found on the PCAC website as well.

For more information or questions regarding the matching grants please contact the PCAC via email or leave a message at the Polk County Manager’s office at 828-894-3301, Extension 8. Please include your contact information: name, phone number, and email address.

Let’s all work together to make Polk County a more beautiful landscape by controlling the kudzu problem that exists in our county.