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Goats: 1, Kudzu: 0

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. When we moved into our new old house thirty two years ago, we had a half acre of kudzu in the side yard. I was busy with three little children and we only had a push lawnmower – so I fully expected to wake up one morning to find that the porch had been overtaken by that aggressive imported vine.    Fortunately, a friend had a brush-eating goat that had cleared out his woods and she came to spend the summer with us.   Gertie took to that kudzu like a duck to water. When fall rolled around, she had eaten that kudzu back to the ground and moved to another brush clearing assignment. The next year I used a pump-up sprayer with herbicide to treat the new sprouts of kudzu as they emerged and was able to eradicate it from our property. 

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.