Not Just Weeds – Japanese Knotweed!
What is it?
It is safe to say Japanese Knotweed is a nuisance! It is important to know what to do if you do suspect that you have this plant growing in your back garden, as it is not one to be taken lightly at all. It is exceptionally aggressive, and literally nothing will stop it from growing, not even dig, dig, digging! Not even your home.
In fact, when I read up about it, it conjured up images of promotional posters for classic horror/humour films!
But, unfortunately, it isn’t fiction, it’s v real! Japanese Knotweed is so aggressive, it can intrude on your neighbour’s property, force its way through your driveway or patio, or even through the walls of your home, leaving you with much more to deal with than an annoyed neighbour It has long term effects as well… there are legal implications if you knowingly spread Japanese Knotweed, or make no effective effort to remove it, and if you are thinking of selling your home later on, the property value can be hit. In fact, incredibly bad cases of Japanese Knotweed can result in the demolition of property…!
One of the most frustrating things about Japanese Knotweed is the rate at which it grows. In merely a couple of weeks it could have gained an extra 20cm in height, so it really is easy to see how this could get out of hand quickly. It’s not an unattractive plant either – it was originally brought into England as an ornamental plant, but do not be tempted to keep a little bit of it, as this weed should not be given any leeway whatsoever in your garden.
How to spot it?
One of the only good things about Japanese Knotweed is that it is quite easy to spot. The canes are very similar in appearance to bamboo, with purple speckles on, and by late summer, the canes flower, and are covered in attractive small creamy white flowers. In winter, these distinctive canes will turn brown and die off, only for the process to start over again.
What to do if you do spot it?
Trust your instinct call in professionals! Unlike other weeds, this is not one to attempt yourself, even if you *are* a keen gardener. You could end up with a bigger problem on your hands, and risk not disposing of it properly, causing more to grow, eeek! It is safer and much easier for you to call in experts.
There are a few ways that professionals can get rid of this weed; both organic and non-organic procedures. These include sifting and screening, herbicide spraying, stem injection and excavation. These will differ from company to company; however, they will recommend the most effective way depending on the severity of the case. Ensure the company that you are employing work within the Environment Agency guidelines, and that all paperwork is provided, so you know exactly what has been done…
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