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  • Soil type….? Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

    One of the key factors in plant growth is the type of substrate in which it is planted. Any keen gardener will know that if you plant certain species in the ‘wrong’ type of soil they will simply wither and die. One of the reasons that Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) was so successful following its introduction was that it appeared to be able to grow anywhere – thriving from the smallest of cuttings and rapidly establishing wherever it was planted. Gardeners loved this rapid growing easy to grow shrub that provided abundant flowers and appeared hardy in the most difficult of British climates.

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  • It’s Everywhere….or is it….? Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

    As I travel around the country talking about Japanese Knotweed and other invasive non –native species I often listen to myself saying the same phrases again and again. Japanese Knotweed goes 2/3 metres deep into the ground and 7 metres in all directions, Japanese Knotweed is present in every ten kilometre square of the British Isles…blah blah blah….but how accurate are these statements?

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  • Dating Japanese Knotweed… Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

    No… I’m not suggesting that you take out a small add in one of the papers and romance a Japanese Knotweed (JK) plant at the pictures or take one for a cappuccino…I’m talking about the timing of the infestation.

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  • Councils win legal right to access private land to weed out invasive plant and animal species - The Independent Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

    Homeowners failing to keep control of invasive plants in their gardens will have no choice if council officials decide to enter their property and weed out of the offenders, according to a new law.

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