The PCA exhibit of invasive plants was well received by visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, many of whom shared their stories of battling with invasive species. The judges were so impressed with the stand that they awarded a silver gilt medal!
When you find you may have Japanese Knotweed in your garden, do get specialist advice. Simply looking up via google often brings scary and confusing advice as discussed recently in the BBC if in doubt do go onto the Property Care Association Website to find a local company who can give you some clear advice.
I do enjoy visiting and carrying out site surveys to identify if japanese knotweed is present in a back garden, however in winter it is quite cheeky and looks much like most other plants – dead and brown!
Tell tale signs – stems stand tall and zig-zag at the end.
Spring is coming fast and so is the Japanese Knotweed! Out in the Sevenoaks and Crawley the plant looks well and truly dead – don’t touch it as the roots are very alive. As you can see in the photograph, the centre a deep orange colour. Also smells interesting to!
However you may have noticed closer in the London area growth is starting to be seen. Don’t forget especially if you are thinking of selling your property to ensure its professionally treated and have a management plan to cover any questions the potential buyer may have.