Identifying Knotweed buds on your property is a major concern. It is an invasive plant species that can extend to a level where it can cause damage to your garden, then your home and, if left untreated, neighbouring property.
Early detection is crucial to preventing the spread and halting any destruction that it can cause. During the early spring season, the early signs of knotweed infestation will begin to show. It is also the best season to begin preventing the spread.
By UK government statistics, Japanese Knotweed has an economic impact of at least £166 million every year in control and treatment. That makes it a very serious economic threat on top of a highly costly pest on your property.
Identifying it’s starting signs is essential to successful control over the plant and preventing it from growing up to three metres in height and forming dense stands that are stronger than native vegetation. Once established, it becomes both extremely difficult and highly costly to eradicate.
Japanese Knotweed impacts both people and wildlife, crowding out other species of plant by strangling them and forming deep roots that damage the foundations of structures such as your home. It also affects drains and roads by forcing them up. The sap also can cause skin irritation for some people. With that in mind, identifying potential infestations immediately stops the escalation to more serious conditions.
Early signs can be detected by visual inspection or DNA testing. Visual inspections should focus on identifying knotweed’s distinctive heart-shaped leaves, hollow stems and indications of underground rhizomes.
DNA testing provides a more accurate method for identification where small amounts of the plant’s genetic material can be detected. Early identification is critical in prevention and control before it spreads. It is imperative that anyone living or working in an area where the invasive species resides lookout for potential signs of growth.
If you believe that Japanese Knotweed has taken root in the area, you must act quickly and contact a qualified Japanese Knotweed removal expert for advice and assistance in tackling the problem.
In the early parts of spring, Japanese knotweed buds begin to sprout at the signalling start of its growth. The buds are unique and easier to spot due to their distinctive shape and size, standing out from the other foliage with colouration patterns different from other varieties.
For help with the identifying Knotweed buds or Japanese Knotweed herbicide treatment, contact the team at Solutions for Japanese Knotweed today.