Vines – Privacy Barrier

Q: I want to know how to transplant and grow kudzu vine. I would like to plant it onto a barbed wire fence line to form a privacy barrier.

A: In the early 1900’s my grandfather Walter Cowart actively promoted kudzu as a pasture crop for cattle in what was then Campbell County (now south Fulton County), Georgia. Despite my grandfather’s campaign, I can’t in good conscience recommend you plant kudzu. I’m sure you’re aware of its terribly invasive nature. It will escape from your fence in a trice and become a noxious weed for you and your neighbors. Better fence-covering alternatives include American wisteria, Carolina jessamine and crossvine.

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