I have been receiving many phone calls requesting for treatments as the pesky/ irritating or down right scary plant has found itself enjoying the weather in lovely gardens. In general waiting a few more weeks for the leaves to develop into lovely healthy specimens will be all worth it as the plant will take the chemical a lot more readily.
At first glance this photo looks like a green background to a garden, looking closer the Japanese knotweed stems and leaves are growing speedily up to the sunlight.
I’m really excited – last year I was unable to find any suitable knotweed stems (i.e. ones that I knew for certain had not been chemically treated with). This year, however, thanks to two kind clients I have been able to make some really good jam.
The new shoots in this photo look so pretty as they quickly grow and lap up the amazing weather. However, look at the size of the dead cane from last year next to it? You can see why it quickly takes over a garden and why other plants don’t get a look in on the sunlight or nutrients from the soil.