Rural Footprints

... a chat over the rural garden fence

Bloody Japanese Knotweed

My neighbour, (not adjacent to me, thank God) has got a problem with Japanese Knotweed.

It's a bloody nightmare and is driving him to distraction.

Sometimes travelling under pseudonyms such as elephant ears, monkeyweed, fleeceflower, pea shooters, and Himalayan fleece vine, Japanese knotweed is a nonwoody destructive plant that is in the species of Polygonaceae. It is inhabitant to countries in eastern Asia such as China, Japan, and Korea.

It was introduced to the United States and Europe in the 19th century and it was used as decorative plants and also to stop soil erosion. But, what should have been a useful plant has been found to be actually destructive. Besides, laws have been applied with reference to this notorious plant genus. These include the Wildlife and Countryside Act (as amended) 1981, The Environmental Protection Act 1990, The Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991, and the Third party litigation, where indemnity can be obligatory from someone that permits the plant to thrive onto other properties.

The World Conservation Union has identified Japanese knotweed as one of the world’s one hundred most awful species. And, the institute has all the basis to do so. Once it is introduced to a particular area or property, eliminating it can be such a hard chore. It propagates through small parts of stem and root cuttings. This means that if you get to leave just a small part of the roots underground that part can continue to proliferate as a new plant.

Furthermore, this plant has the capacity to grow through drains, walls, and even concrete walls. Apparently, it can lead to a great deal of harm to home. Land valuation tends to decline when a particular land area is covered by this destructive plant. It likewise creates troubles to gardeners since it can occupy the garden and prevent other plants from developing.

It is then no surprise why lots of people spend money on the eradication of Japanese knotweed. Nevertheless, proper care should be exercised when trying to eradicate the plant. Instead of getting rid of it, you may be helping its propagation. To ensure that you do not do this, solicit recommendations from experts or hire the services of a company that specializes on the proper eradication of the invasive plant. That''s what my neighbour had to do, and it ended up costing him a fortune.