JAPANESE KNOTWEED REMOVAL
Japanese knotweed (Fallopia Japonia) is a hardy bamboo-like plant that was imported from Japan in the 1850’s and was originally introduced to Britain as an ornamental plant and for cattle feed.
Although an attractive plant, the Environmental Agency has described knotweed as “indisputably the UK’s most aggressive and invasive plant”. This is because the stem growth is renewed every year from the deeply penetrating rhizomes (underground roots) and the fact that knotweed has no known predator in the UK, meaning it has the ability to spread and take over land quickly. Similar looking to other plant species, Japanese Knotweed identification is needed to ensure that the right species is removed.
Knotweed easily overwhelms other garden plants. It is a perennial plant, meaning its appearance changes with the seasons. It starts with small fleshy roots in the Spring and can grow up to 10cm per day and over 3 metres high in the spring and summer, before dying back to brittle, leafless canes in the winter, where it is less identifiable. Knotweed can spread from very small sections of root at an alarming rate and can cause problems to foundations and drainage of a property if left untreated.
Knotweed is present within nearly every 10sq km of the UK and continues to grow at an alarming rate. So whether you are in Devon, London, Birmingham, Newcastle or beyond, The Knotweed Experts are able to use our experienced, local contractors to provide you with expert advice and knotweed identification and treatment.
Red buds begin to emerge from the base of the plant (the crown) during February-March and develop into small fleshy deep red/purple asparagus type shoots and start to grow rapidly. Maturing canes are hollow, somewhat like bamboo and are identified with red speckled characteristics with curled red veined leaves. These leaves start to turn dark green and unfold towards the end of Spring, making them hard to differentiate and identify.
The combination of sheer height and density of Japanese knotweed in the summer makes the plant easily identifiable. At an average of between 2-3 metres high in full bloom, the spade shaped leaves and spiky stems with creamy white flowers make the plant appear attractive. However, the exponential growth above ground masks the speedy way in which the underground rhizomes are expanding.
Knotweed is a good source of nectar and may attract bees and other pollinating insects and full bloom begins around late August.
The appearance of Japanese knotweed in autumn will have very similar traits as in late August, as the flowers will be in full bloom until October. Towards the end of October and through to November, the leaves will start to wilt and turn yellow and the stems will become dark brown in colour and start to become dormant.
The leaves have fallen and the dark brown canes will appear to be decomposing and may collapse and intertwine. New seasons shoots may already begin to appear under the dense brittle canes. Whilst in winter, knotweed remains dormant above ground, below ground the rhizomes are still present and may continue to grow.
It is highly important to make sure you have an expert carry out Japanese Knotweed identification to help to determine whether you have an infestation. Failure to do so can lead to the plant quickly spreading across your premises and neighbouring properties, leading to damage. Get in touch with the experts today to find out how we can create a treatment and removal plan.