Build a Romantic Garden by Getting Rid of Your Japanese Knotweed
It’s time to start looking after the garden again and eliminate pests.
Love is in the air, and as our dreary weather finally begins to warm up, people everywhere are starting to have a real spring in their step. It's time to leap into the great outdoors and give your lovely, but neglected garden the attention it deserves — and to impress your loved one. If you're married, what about doing something extra-special this Valentine's Day and surprising your other half with a plan to renew your wedding vows in an elegant garden ceremony?
Another great idea is planting roses in the garden — a romantic gesture that will last all year. But there's a lot of work to do to whip that garden into shape. Most of us don't do anything with our gardens during the autumn and winter months, although there are still a lot of tasks that should be done, such as clearing, pruning and even moving plants about. As the weather improves and we move into spring, it may surprise you to see you now have some uninvited guests in your garden — weeds of all kinds that have creeped in and taken root.
If you're lucky, you'll be able to easily deal with the little pests. But some are not so small and could end up causing a world of trouble — and scuppering all your mighty romantic garden plans! One of the worst species to end up in anyone's garden in Japanese knotweed. It's a real scourge all over the UK and is almost impossible to get rid of using DIY methods. This one is a real beast of a weed and you need to know how to deal with it before it becomes a problem.
Dealing with Japanese Knotweed
If you do find you have Japanese knotweed growing in your garden — identifiable by red bamboo-like shoots when young and bearing heart-shaped leaves, and growing like wildfire as it gets older — it’s time to take action. Many people resort to DIY methods, thinking they can easily outfox a mere weed, only to end up out of pocket and deeply frustrated as the highly invasive species keeps spreading.
If left unchecked, Japanese knotweed is not only unslighty and quickly overgrows the entire area; it can also cause serious damage to properties. This includes everything from growing into cracks in walls and expanding them, leading to potential structural problems, to interfering with water and sewer pipes in its insatiable quest for moisture. Japanese knotweed can even grow up through the floorboards in your home and asphalt on your driveway.
Dousing Japanese knotweed in large amounts of expensive weed-killer won’t likely kill it off. Neither will drenching it in diesel (another purported home remedy) or anything else. Digging the plant out of the ground also probably won’t work, because its wide and deep root system will keep on growing, sending new shoots up to take the place of those that have been removed. If only a tiny fragment of the roots remain in the ground, they may start growing all over again. It’s the stuff of real home nightmares.
Japanese Knotweed: The Only Eradication Answer
To get rid of Japanese knotweed once and for all, you need professional exterminators. Before you go thinking there’s going to be a huge cost involved, factor in all that time, money and effort you’ve already spent trying to kill off Japanese knotweed on your property — and the very real potential it poses to damage your home. There are also legal implications for letting Japanese knotweed spread to neighbouring properties.
The experts in Japanese knotweed eradication use powerful herbicides not available to the public in shops or garden centres, and they use these over a period of at least two growing seasons to kill the weed. They can also use this effective method in combination with a dig-out of the plant, or just dig it out at the start and not use chemical treatments. This ensures there will be no roots left in the ground to regrow — and insurance-backed guarantees will cover additional work if the weed does reappear.
With this botanical bully out of the way, you’re back on track to build a gorgeous garden this year, complete with all your romantic endeavors.