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
There has been much in the press about Japanese knotweed this week; here is a link to what we think is a more balanced approach from the PCA: https://www.property-care.org/trade-association-sets-the-platform-for-debate-around-new-japanese-knotweed-findings/
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!
A revealing article which questions whether bamboo is likely to be as problematic for home owners as Japanese knotweed currently is… read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5764259/Is-bamboo-new-Japanese-knotweed.html
Experts from the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group are to showcase 14 of the good, the bad and the ugly invasive non-native plants which are currently thriving in gardens across the country at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Click here to read more: http://press.rhs.org.uk/
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.
Can you spot it?
Great morning yesterday in Godstone meeting up with other members of the PCA to keep up to date with legislation and best practice.
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.