Charlotte woman trying to fight kudzu invasion

Charlotte woman trying to fight kudzu invasion

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on July 10, 2013 at 11:23 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte woman is afraid the kudzu vines from property she says is owned by the airport, is going to take over her home.

Virginia McGinn, who is 80, wrestles in her front yard every day with a seemingly endless kudzu vine that stretches into her yard from across McAlpine Drive.

"Eventually it will cover my house.  It will get up in the trees and cover everything," said McGinn.

There is vacant land across from her home that she believes is now owned by Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

Somewhere back in all the leafy green are the roots of the vines that attempt to overtake anything in their path.

McGinn claims the kudzu is growing at a rate of nearly a foot a day, and if she tries to cut it, she says it will just keep on growing.

The city put a berm along part of the road and sprayed it with herbicide.  That killed a lot of the vine but it is now making an end run around the berm and seems to be targeting McGinn's well-kept home.

Her grandson, William Lindsay said, "It has been coming out on the road and the street here and it will just keep on going into the yard and take over everything if it is left to itself."

McGinn said she has tried calling the city but has not gotten a response.

NBC Charlotte is now calling both the city and the airport and will continue to follow the story.

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