Invasive Species Information
As with much of the Eastern United States, Polk County has its share of the big leafy green vine called kudzu. It was brought to the United States from Asia as a plant for livestock, and in the 1940s and 50s, farmers were encouraged to plant the crop as a soil erosion control.
Because of its hardiness, rapid growth, and suitability to our Thermal Belt region, however, kudzu can easily blanket other plants and even take over entire swaths of sunny roadsides and yards. For this reason, many landowners want to know how to control the “vine-that-ate-the-south.”
This page provides both local resources for kudzu control in the Polk County area, as well as general information from Cooperative Extension on kudzu and other invasive species.