Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Japanese Knotweed an Ornamental Ordeal to Human Aspirations of Development

Often ornaments cease to be ornaments and become ordeals! Ditto for Japanese Knotweed. Originally imported from Japan, this irksome species has become a real headache for both United Kingdom and United States. Though not an enemy to human life, Japanese Knotweed is no less than an “environmental” terrorist blocking all the human dreams of development and growth. Usually, these invasive species grow up in sunny, moist areas including river banks, any structure, building, road side or lawn and garden. Also called as Polygonum cuspidatum scientifically, Japanese Knotweed can grow up to 10 centi meter a day and therefore a massive 2.8 meter per month. The reason why it is listed as the most invasive species by the environment agency of UK is its excessive and aggressive growth in human habitats thereby delaying all the development projects. One of the interesting facts about this enormous growth of Japanese knotweed is rhizome. Rhizomes are the roots of this weed and the main driving force for their growth. It is these roots that make the weeds grow and re-grow each spring. And, this is precisely the reason why it is difficult to remove Japanese Knotweed completely. In order to eradicate it completely, it is important that a professional ecology consultancy is approached.

Also, confused with Japanese bamboo or Mexican bamboo, this weed is not that ready to let you go and therefore, if you really want to bid adieu to this once-upon-a-time “ornamental” species, you need to consult an efficient ecology consultancy instead of doing it yourself. A professional ecology consultancy knows that the removal of Japanese Knotweed requires multi-winged approaches including use of correct herbicides. However, if you are lucky to spot the growth of the weed in early stages, you can just cover the affected land with tarps. However, one thing that is more important than anything in curbing the growth of Japanese Knotweed is persistency and patience. Even if you consult an ecology consultancy, only these qualities can save you from being psychologically invaded by Japanese Knotweed!