PCA’s Technical Manager for Invasive Weeds Peter Fitzsimons, spoke on the BBC Radio Ulster – On Your Behalf programme about Japanese Knotweed. The programme discusses ‘the issues with Japanese Knotweed, what to do and what not to do when you find it on your property‘ To listen please click the link, the article is 27 minutes in: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00003t3
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.
It was great to attend the first Invasive Weed Conference by the Property Care Association especially being a member! Lots of discussion about best practice in terms of controlling and eradicating Japanese Knotweed as well as the latest updates on alternatives to herbicide treatment.